STURGIS | A single motorcycle crash on Monday claimed the life of a 29-year-old man, the first recorded fatality during the 2019 Sturgis motorcycle rally.
According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the motorcyclist lost control on a right-hand curve at the intersection of North Rochford Road and Old Salt Road 12 miles south of Lead at about 3 p.m.
The southbound motorcycle crossed the center line, slid into the ditch and the driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The driver was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Highway Patrol did not release the man’s name or his hometown.
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Also on Monday, four motorcyclists were injured, two of them seriously, in an three-motorcycle accident 9 miles north of Sturgis on Highway 79.
The Highway Patrol said two northbound motorcycles tried to pass a third motorcycle, which made a left-hand turn and collided with both motorcycles.
A 48-year-old driver of the first motorcycle suffered minor injuries. The male driver of the second vehicle, 53, suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries while the female passenger, 53, had minor injuries.
The male driver of the third motorcycle, 48, had serious, non-life-threatening injuries while the female passenger, 18, sustained minor injuries.