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Tuesday's Rally Report
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Tuesday's Rally Report
No fatal crashes reported in latest Rally reporting period
Gary Matthews - August 8, 2017

STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says there were no fatal crashes in the latest rally reporting period.

In its latest report Tuesday, the patrol listed 30 injury accidents and 22 non-injury crashes since Saturday. Those compare to 19 and 20 respectively at this time last year.

The patrol says D-U-I arrests are up over the year with 74, but drug arrests remain down. Total citations are also down over the year, as are the number of total warnings.

Parking remains a problem in Sturgis, where police have been busy ticketing and towing. Today, a number of bikes were illegally parked on Harley Davidson Way. Police were able to locate some of the owners, but others weren't so lucky as they were towed away.

Here is a synopsis of the latest crashes:

At 10 a.m., U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 21, 10 miles southwest of Spearfish: A motorcycle was westbound on U.S. Highway 14A in Spearfish Canyon when the male driver tried to miss water on the road. The motorcycle went off the road and the driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The 63-year-old driver from Winnipeg, Manitoba, received minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

At 11:39 a.m., South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 74, 13 miles north of Custer: A motorcycle was southbound on South Dakota Highway 87 when the driver swerved to miss a squirrel on the roadway. The driver lost control and the motorcycle went into the east ditch. The driver, 45-years-old from Wagga, Wagga, New South Wales Australia, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 12:55 p.m., U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 36, 15 miles east of Custer: A motorcycle was eastbound on U.S. Highway 16A when the driver quickly applied the brakes and went into a skid. The motorcycle started to tip onto its side and eventually traveled across the centerline, colliding with a westbound motorcycle. The two occupants on the first motorcycle each suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The male driver is 57-years-old and was not wearing a helmet. The female passenger is 58 years old. Both are from Rawlins, WY. The second motorcycle driver, a 54-year-old male from London, Ohio, sustained minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 1:54 p.m., South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 61, 11 miles east of Custer: A motorcycle was southbound on South Dakota Highway 87 when the driver lost control and the motorcycle went into the ditch. The 63-year-old male driver from Austin, TX, suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

At 3:30 p.m., Wild Life Loop, mile marker 12, 20 miles east of Custer: A motorcycle was southbound on Wild Life Loop when the driver lost control and was thrown from the motorcycle. The male driver, 62-year-old from Magnolia, TX, suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

At 8:13 p.m., South Dakota Highway 79, mile marker 118, five miles northeast of Sturgis: A Dodge Durango was turning left on South Dakota Highway 79 when it was rear-ended by a motorcycle. The male driver of the vehicle, a 26-year-old from Friday Harbor, WA, was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt. The 50-year-old male motorcycle driver from Denver, CO, received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.



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