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Sturgis Rally injury accidents, fatalities on pace with 2020

Four total fatalities reported through Sunday morning

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The main drag of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in downtown Sturgis, South Dakota, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. (Christopher Vondracek / Forum News Service)
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STURGIS — Injury accidents, fatal accidents and overall fatalities at the 2021 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compare closely with figures from the 2020 rally, according to statistics released by the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

According to the SDDOT, the 2021 rally saw four fatal crashes and 60 injury crashes, compared to four fatal crashes and 56 injury crashes during the 2020 rally as of 6 a.m. Sunday morning. For non-injury crashes, the 2021 rally came in even with 2020 at 50 each.

Driving under the influence arrests are down from this time last year at 122 compared to 145 at this time last year. Misdemeanor drug arrests are down at 151 compared to 241 last year, as are felony drug arrests at 112 in 2021 and 126 in 2020.

Overall citations are up over last year, at 1,572 compared to 1,334 last year.

One category that is significantly down is in the amount of cash seized, which stood at $18,763 last year and is at $3,658 this year.

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The rally concluded Sunday.

Fatal and injury crashes reported through 6 a.m. Sunday included:

Saturday Fatal Crashes

At 8:48 a.m., Saturday, Lazelle Street, Sturgis: A 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was eastbound on Lazelle Street when the driver lost control. The motorcycle struck a sidewalk curb, causing the driver to fall off the motorcycle. The 66-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 12:35 p.m., Saturday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 50, two miles east of Sturgis: A 2009 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic was westbound on U.S. Highway 14A when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went off the roadway and overturned. Both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The 46-year-old female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The 51-year-old male driver sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a Sturgis hospital. Neither occupant was wearing a helmet. Charges are pending against the driver.

Saturday Injury Crashes

At 9:06 a.m., Saturday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 34, two miles west of Lead: A 2018 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited motorcycle, pulling a trailer, was westbound on U.S. Highway 14A when the driver lost control. The 60-year-old male driver sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a Rapid City hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 2:20 p.m., Saturday, at the intersection of South Dakota Highway 40 and South Dakota Highway 79, Hermosa: A 2009 Harley-Davidson FLHTCU motorcycle was stopped at the intersection of South Dakota Highway 40 and South Dakota Highway 79 when it proceeded into the intersection, colliding with a 2005 Ford F150 pickup that was southbound on South Dakota Highway 79. The 60-year-old male driver of the motorcycle sustained minor injuries, but was not transported. He was not wearing a helmet. Charges are pending. The 62-year-old female driver of the pickup was not injured. She was wearing a seat belt.

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At 5:46 p.m., Saturday, Old Hill City Road, one mile south of Hill City: Three motorcycles were traveling on Old Hill City Road when the driver of the lead motorcycle, a 2008 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI, lost control due to the wet road surface. Drivers of two other motorcycles also lost control. The 43-year-old male driver of the first motorcycle was not injured, but the 44-year-old female passenger was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. She was transported to a Rapid City hospital. The 56-year-old male driver of a Harley-Davidson SE7 motorcycle was not injured. The 62-year-old female driver of the third motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson FLSTCI, was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. She was transported to a local hospital. None of the occupants were wearing helmets.

At 7:19 p.m. Saturday, Interstate 90, exit 37, five miles east of Sturgis: A 2011 Harley-Davidson FLSTC motorcycle was southbound on Pleasant Valley Road when the driver lost control while turning eastbound onto Interstate 90. The motorcycle struck a delineator post and went down an embankment. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The 51-year-old male driver sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a Sturgis hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 8:27 p.m., Saturday, South Dakota Highway 34, mile marker 36, one mile east of Sturgis: A 2014 Harley-Davidson FLHXS motorcycle was westbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it collided with a deer in the roadway. Both occupants were thrown off the motorcycle. The 65-year-old male driver was not injured. The 62-year-old female passenger sustained minor injuries and was transported to a Sturgis hospital. Neither occupant was wearing a helmet.

Friday Fatal Crashes

No fatal crashes reported.

Friday Injury Crashes

At 7:15 a.m., Friday, Interstate 90, mile marker 64, one mile east of Belvidere: A 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle was eastbound when the driver lost control and was thrown from the motorcycle. The 71-year-old male driver suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a Rapid City hospital. He was wearing a helmet. Charges are pending.

At 10:53 a.m., Friday, South Dakota Highway 240,19 miles west of Kadoka: A 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was turning into a parking lot when it was rear-ended by a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The 2012 motorcycle then collided with a trailer being pulled by a vehicle. Both motorcycle drivers were thrown from their motorcycles. The 62-year-old female driver of the 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Rapid City hospital. She was not wearing a helmet. The 38-year-old male driver of the 2012 motorcycle received minor injuries, but was not transported. He was not wearing a helmet. The 57-year-old male driver of the vehicle was not injured.

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At 11:50 a.m. Friday, South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 62, near Custer: A 2018 Harley-Davidson FLTRXS motorcycle was northbound on South Dakota Highway 87 when the driver lost control and the motorcycle went into a ditch. The 50-year-old male driver received minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. The 45-year-old female passenger sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Custer hospital. She was wearing a helmet.

At 2:10 p.m., Friday, U.S. Highway 18, mile marker 41, one-half mile east of Hot Springs: A 2017 Harley-Davidson Electra motorcycle was westbound on U.S. Highway 18 when the driver changed lanes. He collided with a westbound 2017 Dodge Caravan. The 68-year-old male motorcycle driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Hot Springs hospital. He was wearing a helmet. Charges are pending. The 28-year-old female driver of the Caravan and six passengers were not injured. They were all wearing seat belts.

At 4:28 p.m., Friday, South Dakota Highway 34, mile marker 38, one mile east of Fort Meade: A 1969 Harley-Davidson motorcycle stopped suddenly and the driver lost control. Both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The 22-year-old male driver was not injured. He was not wearing a helmet. The 23-year-old female passenger received minor injuries. She was wearing a helmet.

At 7:15 p.m., Friday, near the intersection of Bear Butte Road and Eden Road, three miles northeast of Sturgis: A 2008 Honda VTX motorcycle was northbound on Bear Butte Road when the driver lost control. The 62-year-old female driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to a Sturgis hospital. She was wearing a helmet.

At 7:34 p.m., Friday, U.S. Highway 16, mile marker 60: A 2004 Honda motorcycle was westbound on U.S. Highway 16 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and lost control. The 64-year-old female driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to a Rapid City hospital. She was wearing a helmet.

Thursday Fatal Crashes

At 5:30 p.m., Thursday, South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 62, eight miles northeast of Custer: A 2013 Harley-Davidson FLTRU was southbound on South Dakota Highway 87 when the motorcycle crossed the center line and collided with a northbound 2011 Chevrolet Impala. The 58-year-old male driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet. The two occupants of Chevrolet – the 19-year-old male driver and the 15-year-old female passenger -- were not injured. They were wearing seat belts.

Thursday Injury Crashes

At 1:15 p.m., Thursday, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 212 and South Dakota 79, three miles south of Newell: A 2005 Buick LaCrosse was southbound on U.S. Highway 212 when a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup and trailer pulled out in front of it. The two vehicles collided. The 31-year-old male driver of the Buick sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Sturgis hospital. The 19-year-old male driver of the pickup was not injured. Charges are pending against him. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

At 1:26 p.m., Thursday, South Dakota Highway 36, mile marker 40, six miles southeast of Hermosa: A 2013 Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 36 when the driver lost control and was thrown from the motorcycle. The 57-year-old male driver sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a Rapid City hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 1:40 p.m., Thursday, U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 55, one mile south of Keystone: A 2006 Harley-Davidson FLHTCI motorcycle was southbound on U.S. Highway 16A when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle crossed the center line and collided with a northbound 2004 Harley-Davidson FLHRI motorcycle. Both occupants were thrown from that motorcycle. The 57-year-old male driver sustained life-threatening injuries and the 55-year-old female passenger suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported to a Rapid City hospital. Neither occupant was wearing a helmet. Both occupants of the FLHTCI motorcycle – the 63-year-old male driver and 61-year-old female passenger -- received minor injuries. Neither occupant was wearing a helmet. Charges are pending against the driver.

At 2:07 p.m., Thursday, South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 62, eight miles northeast of Custer): A 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling on South Dakota 87 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The 73-year-old male driver sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Custer hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 5:12 p.m., Thursday, Interstate 90, mile marker 58, near Rapid City: A 2005 Honda VTX1300 motorcycle was eastbound on Interstate 90 and had gone onto Exit 59 when the driver hit a traffic cone. The driver lost control and was thrown from the motorcycle. The 68-year-old male driver suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a Rapid City hospital. He was wearing a helmet. Charges are pending.

At 5:47 p.m., Thursday, near the intersection of South Dakota Highway 44 and Norris Peak Road, near Johnson Siding: A 1994 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was southbound on Peak Road when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle crossed the centerline and collided with a northbound 2019 Indian Chieftain motorcycle. The 55-year-old male driver of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was not injured and was wearing a helmet. Charges are pending. Both occupants on the Indian Chieftain motorcycle sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a Rapid City hospital. Both were wearing helmets.

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