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Rally Tally Day 2: One killed, 14 injured across 11 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.

Motorcycles and visitors packed Main Street in Sturgis for the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally four years ago when 739,000 people attended. Forum News Service file photo
Motorcycles and visitors packed Main Street in Sturgis for the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally four years ago, in 2018, when 739,000 people attended.
Forum News Service file photo
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STURGIS, S.D. — One person was killed and 14 others others were injured across 11 separate crashes detailed in the second 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 releases include 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. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday.

One killed, one injured in multi-vehicle crash near Summerset
SUMMERSET, S.D. — Shortly before 2:30 p.m., Sunday, authorities in Meade County were called to mile marker 47 of Interstate 90, roughly two miles west of Summerset, for a report of a multi-vehicle crash.

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Preliminary crash information indicates that an eastbound 1986 Honda GLI200 motorcycle swerved to miss an eastbound 2006 GMC Envoy which was ahead of it. The motorcycle hit the Envoy and the driver was thrown from the motorcycle. An eastbound 2005 Harley Davidson FLHRS Road King motorcycle hit the first motorcycle that was lying in the roadway.

The 51-year-old male driver of the Road King was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.

The 64-year-old male driver of the Honda motorcycle suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Sturgis hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

The 48-year-old male driver of the Envoy was uninjured.

Two injured after biker loses control near Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. — At approximately 10:45 a.m., Sunday, authorities in Lawrence County were called to mile marker 47 of U.S. Highway 14A, roughly four miles south of Sturgis, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner motorcycle was southbound on U.S. 14A when the driver lost control when he suddenly stopped.

Both the 39-year-old male driver and the 45-year-old female passenger sustained minor injuries and were taken to the Deadwood hospital. They were not wearing helmets.

One injured on Needles Highway
CUSTER, S.D. — At approximately 11:15 a.m., Sunday, authorities in Custer State Park were called to an unspecified section of Needles Highway for a one-bike crash.

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Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2018 Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle was southbound on Needles Highway, officially designated as South Dakota Highway 87, when the driver lost control.

The 67-year-old male driver sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to the Custer hospital. He was wearing a helmet.

One injured while negotiating curve near Hill City
HILL CITY, S.D. — At approximately 12:15 p.m. Sunday, authorities in Pennington County were called to mile marker 78 of South Dakota Highway 87, roughly one mile south of U.S. Highway 385, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was southbound on S.D. 87 when the driver lost control while negotiating a curve, slid across the opposing lane and entered the ditch.

The 20-year-old male driver sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

One injured after tipping near Wildlife Loop Road
CUSTER, S.D. — Shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, authorities in Custer State Park were called to the intersection of U.S. Highway 16A and Wildlife Loop Road for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2015 Harley-Davidson FLHX motorcycle was westbound on U.S. Highway 16A and tried to turn left into the east entrance of Wildlife Loop Road. The 67-year-old driver failed to negotiate the corner and tipped over the motorcycle.

The driver, who was wearing a helmet, suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to a Rapid City hospital.

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One injured after entering ditch in Keystone
KEYSTONE, S.D. — At 3 p.m., Sunday, authorities in Pennington County were called to mile marker 46 of U.S. Highway 16A, within city limits in Keystone, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was northbound on U.S. 16A when the driver lost control and the motorcycle went into the ditch.

The 69-year-old male driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to the Rapid City hospital. He was wearing a helmet.

One injured while turning onto highway in Deadwood
DEADWOOD, S.D. — Shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, authorities in Lawrence County were called to the intersection of U.S. Highway 14A and Wall Street in Deadwood for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2016 Indian motorcycle was turning right from Wall Street onto U.S. 14A when the 58-year-old female driver lost control.

She sustained minor injuries and was taken to the Lead Deadwood hospital. She was wearing a helmet.

Two injured after striking tree near Cheyenne Crossing
CHEYENNE CROSSING, S.D. — Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities in Lawrence County were called to mile marker three of U.S. Highway 85, just inside the border from Wyoming, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2009 Harley-Davidson FXLRS motorcycle left U.S. Highway 85 and hit a tree.

Both the 67-year-old male driver and the 66-year-old female passenger received serious non-life threatening injuries. The driver was airlifted to the Rapid City hospital and the passenger was transported to the Lead Deadwood hospital. Both were wearing helmets.

One injured after striking fence post near Sturgis
PIEDMONT, S.D. — Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities in Meade County were called to the intersection of Sturgis Road and Piedmont Meadows Road, roughly 12 miles southeast of Sturgis, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2011 Harley-Davidson FLT motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve on Sturgis Road, entered the west ditch and struck a fence post.

The 60-year-old male driver sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Rapid City hospital. He was wearing a helmet.

Two injured after mechanical failure causes crash near New Underwood
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. — Shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, authorities in Pennington County were called to mile marker 78 of Interstate 90, near the New Underwood exit, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a motorcycle was westbound on Interstate 90 when a mechanical failure caused the driver to lose control. Both passengers were thrown from the motorcycle.

The 74-year-old male driver sustained minor injuries and the 73-year-old female passenger sustained life threatening injuries. Both were transported to the Rapid City hospital. Neither wore a helmet.

One injured after driving off Interstate 90 into ravine near Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. — Shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, authorities in Meade County were called to mile marker 33 of Interstate 90, roughly one mile east of Sturgis, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2020 Harley-Davidson FLTRX motorcycle was eastbound on Interstate 90 when the motorcycle left the roadway, traveled through the median and down into a ravine. The 26-year-old male driver sustained serious, non-life threatening injures and was transported to the Sturgis hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

Warnings jump, citations drop
STURGIS, S.D. — Through the first two days of the rally, the South Dakota Highway Patrol has issued more warnings and fewer citations to those in and around Sturgis.

Between Saturday and Monday mornings, troopers have issued 382 citations, down from 431 in the same period last year.

Instead, troopers are leaning toward giving more warnings, as 1,368 have been documented so far — a 16% increase from last year.

No cash or vehicle seizures were made thus far by troopers.

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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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