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Sturgis Rally 2017: 3 Fatal Crashes Reported, Bringing Total To 5

Three more fatal crashes have taken place at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, according to Thursday's Rally Tally release from the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

The first crash took place just before noon on Sunday, when an 80-year-old man from Port Arthur, Texas, was in a motorcycle crash five miles south of Lead. He was taken to a Rapid City hospital, where he died of his injuries Wednesday.

The second crash took place on Wednesday just after 5 p.m., when a eastbound driver making a turn on Highway 16 collided with two westbound motorcycles, throwing the riders from the bikes. One rider, a 50-year-old woman from Maryland, died of her injuries, while a 48-year-old man, also from Maryland, suffered life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the car, a 22-year-old woman from Pierre, suffered minor injuries, and a two children in the car were not injured.

In the third crash, a 2005 Dodge Durango rolled into a ditch at about 3:44 a.m. Thursday morning after the driver lost control, ejecting a 37-year-old woman from Rapid City who was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene. The driver of the car suffered serious injuries, and a child in the car was not injured.

That makes a total of five fatal accidents this year at the rally, according to the release, which notes incidents between 6 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Thursday. There were two fatal accidents in the same period at last year's rally.

There have now been a total of 51 injury accidents this year, compared to 39 last year at the Sturgis Rally, the release said.

DUI arrests are down, with 112 this year compared to 117 last year, while felony drug arrests are slightly up, with 35 this year compared to 34 last year.

Injury Crashes: 

At 9:27 a.m., U.S. Highway 85, in Belle Fourche: A motorcycle was southbound on U.S. Highway 85 when the driver activated his turn signal and slowed down. A southbound pickup rear-ended the motorcycle. The male motorcycle driver, 54-years-old from Laconia, NH, suffered minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. The female passenger, 50-years-old from Laconia, NH, was thrown from the motorcycle. She was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The male pickup driver, 47-years-old from Nisland, was not injured.

At 10 a.m., South Dakota Highway 44, 30 miles east of Rapid City: Two motorcycles were eastbound on South Dakota Highway 44. One motorcycle rear-ended the other. The male driver of the first motorcycle, 54-years-old from Winter Haven, FL, was thrown from the motorcycle. He suffered minor injuries and was wearing a seatbelt. The male driver of the second motorcycle, 49-years-old from Wales, FL, was not injured. He was wearing a helmet.

At 12:52 p.m., Nemo Road, four miles east of U.S. Highway 385: A motorcycle was eastbound when it hit a bump and the driver lost control. The male driver suffered minor injuries. He is 39 and from South Minneapolis, MN . He was wearing a helmet. 

At 3:30  p.m., Norris Peak Road, eight miles west of Rapid City: A motorcycle was northbound on Norris Road when the driver lost control and crossed the centerline. The motorcycle hit an eastbound motorcycle. The male driver of the first motorcycle, 67-years-old from Eureka, MO, received minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.  A 65-year-old female from Sidney, NE was driving the second motorcycle. She was wearing a helmet and sustained serious non-life threatening injuries.

At 3:46 p.m., U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 51, four miles south of Keystone: The motorcycle was northbound on U.S. Highway 16A when the male driver lost control. He was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The driver, 44, is from Hoffman Estates, IL. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 4:55 p.m., U.S. Highway 16, mile marker 12, 12 miles east of Custer: A 62-year-old male was driving a motorcycle westbound on U.S. Highway 16 when he failed to negotiate a turn. The motorcycle went into the ditch and the driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The driver, from Buckhannon, WV, received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 4:55 p.m., Interstate 90, mile marker 57, Rapid City: A Chevy Impala was eastbound when it slowed to merge into traffic. It was rear-ended by an eastbound motorcycle. The male driver of the motorcycle, 25, from Vancouver, British Columbia, was thrown from the motorcycle. He received minor injuries and was not wearing a helmet. The female driver of the vehicle, 76, and female passenger, 67, were not injured. Both are from Rapid City and both were wearing seatbelts.

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