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Rally Tally Day 7: Four new injuries reported across three separate 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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STURGIS, S.D. — Four new injuries were reported across three separate crashes detailed in the seventh 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. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday.

One injured in single-vehicle rollover near Oelrichs
OELRICHS, S.D. — Shortly after 6:30 a.m. Friday, authorities in Fall River County were called to mile marker 8 of U.S. Highway 385, roughly four miles south of Oelrichs, for a report of a one-vehicle crash.

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Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2012 Nissan Altima was southbound on U.S. 385 when the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled.

The 29-year-old male driver suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Hot Springs hospital. He was wearing a seat belt.

One airlifted to hospital after striking guardrail near Deadwood
DEADWOOD, S.D. — Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Friday, authorities in Lawrence County were called to mile marker 42 of U.S. Highway 14A, roughly one mile east of Deadwood, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2009 Harley-Davidson XL883N motorcycle was westbound on U.S. 14A when the female driver lost control of the motorcycle. The motorcycle entered the eastbound lane and hit a guardrail, causing the driver to be thrown from the motorcycle.

The 41-year-old driver sustained serious, life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Rapid City hospital. She was not wearing a helmet.

Two injured after striking tree with vehicle near Spearfish
Shortly before 1 p.m. Friday, authorities in Lawrence County were called to Higgins Gulch Road, roughly three miles south of Spearfish, for a report of a single-vehicle crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 1997 Chevrolet CG110 vehicle was southbound on Higgins Gulch Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which ran off the road and struck a tree.

The 28-year-old male driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a Rapid City hospital.

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The 38-year-old male passenger was wearing a seat belt and received minor injuries.

Troopers averaging more DUI arrests each day
STURGIS, S.D. — Troopers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol are making more DUI arrests this year compared to last.

In 2021, through the first seven days of the rally, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported 114 arrests for driving under the influence in connection with the rally.

This year, through the same number of days, troopers have made 136 DUI arrests — a 19.3% increase year-over-year.

Of the 136 DUI arrests, 107 occurred within the city limits of Sturgis, while 29 have taken place in the wider Black Hills area.

Numbers provided by DPS do not include 55 DUI arrests made within city limits by the Sturgis Police Department.

Sunday marks the final release of Rally Tally statistics. More information surrounding crime and crashes are expected to follow.

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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