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Authorities respond to an accident on Norris Peak Road Friday.
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Authorities respond to an accident on Norris Peak Road Friday.

Latest Rally Report - woman hurt in accident Tuesday dies


Gary Matthews - August 10, 2019

STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol in their latest rally roundup says a woman hurt in a Tuesday crash has died of her injuries, becoming the second fatality of the official rally reporting period.

The accident happened Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 14A, six miles west of Lead.

The patrol says a motorcycle was westbound on U.S. Highway 14A, near mile marker 31, when the driver, Debra Milota of Omaha, NE, failed to negotiate a curve and crossed the centerline into the path of an eastbound motorcycle. The two motorcycles collided. The driver, who was wearing a helmet, suffered life-threatening injuries. She died Friday in Rapid City. The two occupants of the eastbound motorcycle – the 57-year-old male driver and the 53-year-old female passenger – both suffered minor injuries. Both were wearing helmets.

The patrol reported five injury crashes over the past 24 hours. Two of them happened on Norris Peak Road.

As for DUI arrests, the patrol has reported 157, ahead of 136 last year. Felony drug arrests are 109 -- well ahead of last year's 64.

Here is a synopsis of Friday's injury crashes:

At 7:35 a.m., Friday, Interstate 90, mile marker 144, six miles west of Kadoka: A 2015 Ford F2S pickup, pulling a trailer with a motorcycle on it, was eastbound in the passing lane lon I-90. The male driver observed a semi truck drifting into his lane and entered the median to avoid a crash. The driver, 70, was not injured. The female passenger, 58, sustained minor injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts.

A 8:30 a.m., Friday, Vanocker Canyon Road, mile marker 8, eight miles south of Sturgis: The driver of a southbound motorcycle failed to negotiate a turn and crossed the center line, crashing into a northbound 2001 Ford F250 pickup. The male motorcycle driver, 36, received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. The pickup driver, 76, was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt.

At 10:40 a.m. Friday, Norris Peak Road near Bogus Jim Road, 12 miles west of Rapid City: A motorcycle was northbound on Norris Peak Road when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle entered the east ditch, but the driver drove the motorcycle out of the ditch, back onto Norris Peak Road, went across the center line and hit a southbound motorcycle head-on. The male driver of the first motorcycle, 63,  was airlifted to Rapid City. The two occupants of the second motorcycle were taken by ambulance to Rapid City Regional. The driver was a 44-year-old male. The passenger was a 34-year-old female. All three suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. None were wearing helmets.

At 5:18 p.m., Friday, Norris Peak Road near Nemo, three miles north of Johnson Siding: A motorcycle was northbound on Norris Peak Road when the male driver lost control. The driver, 67, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 7:40 p.m., Friday, Interstate 90, mile marker 69, two mile east of Box Elder: A motorcycle entered the median and both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The male driver, 35, suffered minor injuries. The female passenger, 62, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. Both were wearing helmets.



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