Two people died Wednesday in traffic accidents related to the Sturgis motorcycle rally.
A Port Arthur, Texas, man died Wednesday at Rapid City Regional Hospital. The 80-year-old man was involved in an accident around noon Sunday on U.S. Highway 385, at mile marker 117, five miles south of Lead.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol said the man was driving a motorcycle south when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle left the roadway and the driver put the motorcycle on its side. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Rapid City hospital, where he died Wednesday. He was not wearing a helmet.
An accident involving a car and two motorcycles just after 5 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 16 south of Rapid City resulted in the death of a 50-year-old woman.
The Highway Patrol said a 22-year-old Pierre woman was driving a 2005 Crown Victoria south on U.S. Highway 16 and preparing to turn onto Neck Yoke Road. The vehicle collided on U.S. Highway 16 with two northbound motorcycles.
The two riders were thrown from their motorcycles. The 50-year-old woman died of her injuries at a Rapid City hospital. A 48-year-old man driving the other motorcycle suffered life-threatening injuries. Both are from Maryland; their identities had not been released as of Thursday.
The driver of the car suffered minor injuries. She was wearing a seat belt. Two passengers, both children, were not injured. The investigation continues, Highway Patrol officials said.
Capt. Jason Ketterling, district commander of the Highway Patrol, said the number of injury accidents this year far exceeds the number for the same time period a year ago.
"We're up about 33 percent," he said.
Sturgis police said city law enforcement matters have been relatively quiet, with illegal parking and misdemeanor drug arrests seeing the largest increases over a year ago.
Also, the city said it has issued 651 temporary vendor permits. That number compares with 712 in 2016.
Other serious injury accidents reported by the Highway Patrol include:
* 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 motorcycle driver, a 54-year-old man from Laconia, N.H., suffered minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. His passenger, a 50-year-old woman from Laconia, was thrown from the motorcycle. She was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious non-life-threatening injuries. The pickup driver, a 47-year-old man from Nisland, was not injured.
* 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, 39, of South Minneapolis, suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.
* At 3:30 p.m., on Norris Peak Road, eight miles west of Rapid City: A motorcycle was northbound on Norris Road when the driver lost control and crossed the center line. The motorcycle hit an eastbound motorcycle. The driver of the first motorcycle, a 67-year-old man from Eureka, Mo., suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet. A 65-year-old woman from Sidney, Neb., was driving the second motorcycle. She was wearing a helmet and suffered serious non-life-threatening injuries.