Sunday, August 11, 2019 5:24 p.m. CDT
STURGIS, S.D. (KELO.com) — Sturgis Rally 2019 is in its final day and the Department of Public Safety has released its final numbers.
DUI arrest topped out at 171 compared to last years 149. Arrests pertaining to drugs leveled out at 344 to last years 252. And this year’s 93 total accidents fell short of last years 106.
Cashed seized by law enforcement was estimated at around $ 4,044.00, which almost doubled last years total of $2,739.00.
Details of rally related accidents this weekend are listed below.
At 12:15 p.m., Saturday, South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 54, 10 miles east of Custer: A motorcycle was southbound when the driver swerved to avoid a collision with a motorcycle ahead of him which had made a sudden stop. The first motorcycle went into the ditch. The male driver, 49, suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.
At 1:05 p.m., Saturday, South Dakota Highway 248, mile marker 168, five miles east of Kadoka: A motorcycle was eastbound when the driver lost control in a construction zone. Both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The male driver, 27, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The female passenger, 26, sustained minor injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet.
At 4 p.m., Saturday, U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 27, six mile east of Custer: A Harley Davidson motorcycle was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane. The motorcycle collided with an eastbound Ducati motorcycle and an eastbound Yamaha motorcycle then rear-ended the Ducati. The two Harley Davidson passengers – the male driver, 59, and the female passenger, 58, both suffered minor injuries. The 51-year-old male driver of the Ducati motorcycle sustained life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Yamaha motorcycle, a 28-year-old male, had minor injuries. All four people involved were wearing helmets.
At 3:43 a.m. Sunday, near the intersection of North Elk Vale Road and Elk Creek Road, nine miles north of Rapid City: A male motorcycle driver had lost control on the uneven road surface. The driver, 64, was not injured. The female passenger, 46, sustained minor injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet.