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Rally Tally Day 4: Third fatality, 10 injuries reported in seven new crashes near Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is releasing daily updates on crashes and crime in and around Sturgis for the duration of the nine-day rally.

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A photo from Main Street in Sturgis in 2017 shows the large crowds.
Christina Steele / City of Sturgis
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STURGIS, S.D. — A third fatal crash and 10 additional injuries were reported across seven new crashes detailed in the fourth day of the annual Rally Tally.

Over the course of the nine-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the South Dakota Highway Patrol releases daily information on crashes and crime in and around the city of Sturgis.

Known as the Rally Tally, the daily release includes information of investigations conducted only by the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and does not include statistics compiled by other organizations, including the Sturgis Police Department and various county sheriff's offices in the area.

Released at noon MDT on each day of the rally, the information below includes information compiled from 6 a.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

One killed, three injured in three-bike crash in Scenic
SCENIC, S.D. — At approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities in Pennington County were called to mile marker 88 of South Dakota Highway 44, within the city limits of Scenic, for a report of a three-motorcycle crash.

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The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigate announced they had located the children roughly 90 minutes after an Amber Alert was first issued.

Preliminary crash information indicates that three motorcycles were eastbound on S.D. 34 when a 2019 Harley-Davidson Trike stopped on the shoulder of the road and then attempted a U-turn. A 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with the trike and a 2018 Harley-Davidson Trike then struck the motorcycle.

The 66-year-old female passenger on the 2018 trike was pronounced dead at the scene. The 71-year-old male driver suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a Rapid City hospital. Neither was wearing a helmet.

The 62-year-old male driver of the motorcycle sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a Rapid City hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

The 64-year-old male driver of the 2019 trike received minor injuries and was taken to a Rapid City hospital. He was not wearing a helmet. The 58-year-old female passenger was not injured. She was wearing a helmet.

One injured while turning at major highway intersection near Custer
CUSTER STATE PARK — Shortly before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities in Custer State Park were called to the intersection of South Dakota Highways 87 and 89 for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2009 Harley-Davidson FLHRC motorcycle was southbound on S.D. 83 when the 51-year-old female driver failed to negotiate a turn. She suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Custer hospital. She was not wearing a helmet.

Vehicle and trailer tip near Sturgis, two injured
STURGIS, S.D. — Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in Meade County were called to an indescript area, roughly eight miles east of Sturgis, for a report of a one-vehicle crash.
Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2006 Nissan Titan vehicle pulling a trailer was eastbound when the driver lost control. The vehicle and trailer tipped over in the eastbound lane.

The 52-year-old female driver sustained minor injuries and the 57-year-old male passenger was partially ejected and sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. Both were taken to the Hot Springs hospital. Neither occupant wore a seat belt.

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The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is releasing daily updates on crashes and crime in and around Sturgis for the duration of the nine-day rally.

One injured after striking rocks on Vanocker Canyon Road
STURGIS, S.D. — Shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in Meade County were called to mile marker 11 of Vanocker Canyon Road, roughly six miles south of Sturgis, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2009 Harley-Davidson FLF motorcycle was northbound on Vanocker Canyon Road when the driver failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The motorcycle went off the road to the right and hit rocks.

The 60-year-old male driver sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries and was transferred to the Sturgis hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

One injured after biker rear-ends another near Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. — At approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in Meade County were called to mile marker 79 of South Dakota Highway 79 for a report of a two-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2019 Harley-Davidson FLHXS motorcycle was southbound on S.D. 79 when it rear-ended a 2019 Indian Chieftain motorcycle.

The 61-year-old male driver of the Harley-Davidson suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Sturgis hospital. The 62-year-old male driver of the Indian Chieftain motorcycle was not injured. Neither was wearing a helmet.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is releasing daily updates on crashes and crime in and around Sturgis for the duration of the nine-day rally.

One injured after losing control of bike near Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. — Shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in Meade County were called to Pleasant Valley Road, roughly five miles south of Sturgis, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2017 Harley-Davidson FLTRXS motorcycle was eastbound on Pleasant Valley Road when the driver lost control. The 56-year-old female driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to the Sturgis hospital. She was not wearing a helmet.

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One hurt after losing control of bike on Sturgis' west end
STURGIS, S.D. — Shortly before 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in Sturgis were called to the intersection of Lazelle and 14th Streets, near the city's western-most Interstate exit, for a report of one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2005 Harley-Davidson XL883C motorcycle was westbound on Lazelle Street when it lost control. The 48-year-old driver sustained minor injuries, but was not transported. He was wearing a helmet.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is releasing daily updates on crashes and crime in and around Sturgis for the duration of the nine-day rally.

Motorcycle, money seizures remain at zero
STURGIS, S.D. — Through the first four days of the rally, the South Dakota Highway Patrol has not yet seized any vehicles or cash from attendees.

Though no vehicles had been seized through the first three days last year, authorities had seized over $1,800 in cash.

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A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021. After over a year in Mitchell, he moved to Milwaukee, where he now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on regional news that impacts the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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