(SD)-Sturgis Rally Records First Traffic Death
STURGIS., S.D. (AP) - The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began its 10-day run today, but recorded its first traffic death last night.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 24-year old Iowa man, whose name has not been released, was killed in a crash on Highway 14A last night about 6:00.
The Patrol says the man failed to negotiate a left-hand curve about 17 miles southwest of Spearfish, causing his 2008 Harley Davidson to slide off the roadway and down an embankment. He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced death at the scene.
Last year, the Highway Patrol reported a record-low 3 deaths while the most deaths in recent years came when the 75th anniversary rally in 2015 drew a record 739,000 bikers and saw 14 people killed in motorcycle wrecks throughout the state..
South Dakota transportation officials expect between 500,000 and 600,000 bikers this year, so public safety officials are reminding riders and other motorists to stay alert.
South Dakota Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl urges drivers to use seat belts and common sense, and to follow the rules of the road.
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