STURGIS, SD (KELO) – Throughout the Sturgis Rally, law enforcement is tracking accidents and crime.
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety releases a Sturgis Rally Tally – a 24-hour tally (6 a.m. to 6 a.m.) for crashes, impaired driving arrests, drug arrests, citations and warnings for Sturgis and the district of Rapid City.
The seventh Sturgis Rally Tally, until 6 a.m. Saturday, has been released. You can see it in the graph below.
Note: DPS Rally Tally figures do not include data from the official opening day of the Rally, Friday August 5th.
There were 136 impaired driving arrests, down from 114 on the same date in 2021. There were 45 injury crashes, 11 fewer than the 56 on this date in 2021. There were three deaths from accidents so far, compared to two at the same time in 2021.
For drug arrests, there were 130 misdemeanor drug arrests, compared to 144 in the same period of 2021. There were 97 felony drug arrests, compared to 12 of 109 in 2021.
Four vehicles were seized for possession of narcotics. No vehicles were seized in 2021.
For 2021, there were 60 crashes with injuries, including four fatalities, 50 crashes without injuries, 122 impaired driving arrests, 151 drug offense arrests, 112 drug arrests, 1,572 citations and 4,319 warnings.
Day 7 crashes
There were no fatal accidents between 6 a.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday. Three personal accidents were reported.
Day 6 crashes
There were no fatal accidents between 6:00 a.m. Thursday and 6:00 a.m. Friday. Six injury accidents were reported.
Day 5 Accidents
There were no fatal accidents between 6:00 a.m. Wednesday and 6:00 a.m. Thursday. Five injury accidents were reported.
Day 4 crashes
The third fatal crash of the 2022 Sturgis rally occurred at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on South Dakota Highway 44 within the city limits of Scenic.
Authorities say three motorcycles were heading east on SD Highway 44 when a 2019 Harley-Davidson Trike pulled up on the shoulder and attempted to turn around. A 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle crashed into the trike, then a 2018 Harley-Davidson trike crashed into the 2012 motorcycle.
A 66-year-old woman, who was a passenger on the 2018 tricycle, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 71-year-old driver of the 2018 trike suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Rapid City hospital. Neither of them was wearing a helmet.
The driver of the 2012 motorcycle was a 62-year-old man who suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was sent to a Rapid City hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.
The driver of the 2019 trike, who stopped and attempted to turn around, was a 64-year-old man and was slightly injured. He was not wearing a helmet and was taken to Rapid City Hospital. A 58-year-old woman was the 2019 tricycle passenger and was not injured. She was wearing a helmet.
Six other crashes with injuries were reported on Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning, the South Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a semi-for-house crash near Sturgis. The crash occurred on a service road near Mile 32 on Interstate 90. The occupants of the home were evacuated and uninjured.
Day 3 crashes
From 6:00 a.m. Monday to 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, there were eight injury crashes and no fatalities.
There have been a total of two fatal accidents since the official start of the rally.
Accidents of the day 2
A 51-year-old man was killed in a crash at 2:25 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 90 mile-marker 47, two miles west of Summerset.
An eastbound 1986 Honda GLI200 motorcycle swerved to miss an eastbound 2006 GMC Envoy ahead of it. The motorcycle struck the envoy and the driver was ejected from the motorcycle.
The 51-year-old was also driving east in a 2005 Harley Davidson FLHRS Road King motorcycle and struck the first motorcycle that was on the roadway. The 51-year-old man was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.
A 64-year-old man was the driver of the Honda motorcycle and suffered serious non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Sturgis Hospital and was not wearing a helmet.
The 48-year-old driver of the Envoy was not injured. The use of seat belts is under investigation.
There were 10 injury collisions between 10:45 a.m. Sunday and 2:15 a.m. Monday.
A 73-year-old woman faces life-threatening injuries after a mechanical failure caused a 74-year-old man to lose control of a motorcycle on Interstate 90 near mile marker 78 by the New Underwood exit.
The two passengers were ejected from the motorcycle. The 74-year-old man was slightly injured. Neither of them was wearing a helmet.
Day 1 crashes
One fatal crash and four injury crashes were reported on the first day of the rally according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
Preliminary information on the fatal crash indicates that around 11 a.m. Saturday, a 2013 Harley-Davidson FLHX motorcycle was traveling west on South Dakota Highway 34 when it struck a second 2013 Harley-Davidson FLHX motorcycle. westbound which had slowed down.
The 58-year-old driver of the first motorcycle later died in a Rapid City hospital.
The 68-year-old driver of the second motorcycle suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
None of the drivers were wearing helmets.
Accidents before the start of the rally
Before the official start of the rally, a 28-year-old man died in a motorcycle accident near Lead in the early morning of Sunday July 31. George Seliger, 28, of Wausau, Wisconsin, was ejected from his motorcycle after failing to negotiate a westward curve. of US Highway 14A and losing control. He was not wearing a helmet.
On Thursday, August 4, one person was injured in a motorcycle accident near Rapid City.
In South Dakota, there have been 466 total motorcycle accidents, according to the Department of Public Safety.
There were 671 drivers in total in these accidents. Nineteen drivers were killed in these crashes and 384 drivers were injured.
Four counties in the Black Hills area were among those with the most motorcycle crashes in 2021. Pennington County had the most with 109. Lawrence was third with 54. Custer and Mead each had 47. Minnehaha , in eastern South Dakota, had 89 accidents.