RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota Highway Patrol reported six additional injury-related motorcycle crashes during the 2020 Sturgis Rally on Wednesday.
(Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 8, 2020 to 6 a.m. Thursday August 13, 2020)
The total number of injury crashes stands at 39, up four from the same time during the 2019 Sturgis Rally. There have been 76 total crashes this year as opposed to 62 last year.
One more citation has been issued to riders compared to last year’s total, bringing this year’s total number to 876. Authorities have made 162 Misdemeanor drug arrests, up 12 from 2019. Felony Drug arrests are up (96 in 2020 from 81 in 2019.)
DUI arrests are down from last year’s Rally (100 in 2020, 115 in 2019).
No new fatal crashes were reported.
At 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Interstate 90, mile marker 164, one mile east of Belvidere: A 2002 Harley Davidson V-rod motorcycle was eastbound on Interstate 90 when a gust of wind caused the driver to lose control. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The 62-year-old male driver, who was wearing a helmet, suffered serious non-life threatening injures. No charges are pending.
At 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 75, 15 miles southeast of Hill City: A 2006 Harley Davidson FLHT was southbound on South Dakota Highway 87 when the driver failed to negotiate a turn. The motorcycle tipped over. The 60-year-old male driver and 64-year-old female passenger both suffered minor injuries. Both were wearing helmets. No charges are pending.
At 3:17 p.m., Wednesday, U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 64, two miles northwest of Keystone: A 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide was northbound on U.S. Highway 16A when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The 29-year-old male driver, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered minor injuries. Charges are pending against him. The 10-year-old female passenger, who was wearing a helmet, sustained minor injuries.
At 7:01 p.m., Wednesday, U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 44, 20 miles east of Custer: A 2006 Suzuki GSX-R000K6 was stopped in the lane of traffic waiting for a herd of buffalo to cross the road. As the driver started to proceed west, a buffalo re-entered the roadway. The driver lost control as he swerved to miss the buffalo and was thrown from his vehicle. The 36-year-old male driver, who was wearing a helmet, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. No charges are pending.
At 7:17 p.m., Wednesday, Crooked Oaks Road, four miles north of St. Onge: A 2020 Harley Davidson FLHTK Ultra Limited was southbound when the driver lost control on a patch of gravel. The 61-year-old male driver, who was not wearing a helmet, received serious non-life threatening injuries. Charges are not pending.
At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. Highway 16, mile marker 47, seven miles east of Hill City: A 2019 Harley Davidson FLHTK Ultra Limited was westbound when it struck a calf standing in the driving lane. The motorcycle tipped over and both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The 55-year-old male driver suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The 55-year-old female passenger sustained life-threatening injuries. Neither were wearing a helmet. Charges are not pending.