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Sturgis Rally Stories You Didn't Hear About

Every year, law enforcement responds to calls or makes traffic stops, or responds to accidents during the Sturgis Rally. We hear about the most severe, usually the ones that result in death or serious injury.

This is a compilation of the South Dakota Highway Patrol's incident logs for the whole week of the rally. It's an interesting read.

South Dakota Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Reports
 
Aug 3
 
Injury Crashes:
A 2008 Dodge 3500 driven by Joseph Murphy, 29, of Wright, Wyo., was traveling eastbound down the Interstate 90 exit 30 off-ramp to make a left turn onto Lazelle St. A 2014 Indian Chieftain motorcycle driven by Steven McKenna, 53, of Deadwood, S.D. was stopped and attempting to make a left turn from the left turning lane onto Interstate 90 from Lazelle St. The Dodge driver turned too sharp then and struck the motorcycle with the front of his vehicle. The motorcycle driver was thrown and was transported by Sturgis Ambulance to Sturgis Regional Hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. The Dodge driver was wearing a seat belt, and was not injured. He was cited for illegal left turn. Alcohol and speed were not factors in this crash.
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A 1989 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Charles Cunard, 63, of British Columbia, Canada, was traveling southbound on S.D. Highway 240. At mile marker two, the driver saw something and tapped his front brake. The brake locked up causing the motorcycle to skid and land on its right side while sliding into the north bound lane of the Highway. Cunard received minor injuries and was transported by Kadoka Ambulance to the Philip Hospital. He was cited for speeding.
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A  2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Donald Huber, 49, of Alexandria, S.D., and passenger, Mrs. Janice Huber, 48, also from Alexandria, was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 16A (Iron Mtn. Road) near mile marker 48. The motorcycle failed to negotiate a left hand curve, ran off the roadway to the right and overturned onto its left side. Donald Huber received serious non-life threatening injuries. Janice Huber received minor injuries. With help, the Hubers picked up the motorcycle and rode the motorcycle into Keystone and called 911. They were transported by Keystone Ambulance to Rapid City Regional Hospital. There are no charges pending. They were not wearing helmets. Speed and alcohol were not factors in this crash.
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A 2013 Ford F-150 driven by Adam Sautter, 31, of Sioux Fall, S.D., was northbound on Alkali Rd. Sautter stopped and waited for a tractor-trailer parked in the lane of Alkali Rd. to move. After waiting for some time, Mr. Sautter decided to pass the tractor-trailer.  As Sautter passed, a 1994 Ford Explorer driven by Chris Anda, 31, of Belle Fourche, S.D., also decided to pass and the two vehicles collided. The tractor-trailer left the scene. The passenger in the Ford Explorer, Leona Anda, 40, also from Belle Fourche, was treated on scene for a shoulder injury. There were no other injuries. Seatbelts were used by both drivers. No charges are pending.
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A 2013 Victory motorcycle driven by Jay Darter, 41, of Paradise, Tex., was westbound on S.D. 34 when it passed across the center line into the path of a 2014 Hawk motorcycle driven by Chris Grogan, 39, from Woodward, Okla., Grogan had a passenger riding with him, Brigette Baird, 54 also from Woodward. The two motorcycles collided head on. A third motorcycle, a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle driven by Christian Grogan of Woodward, collided with both motorcycles as the head on crash occurred. Chris Grogan received serious life threatening injuries and was Life Flighted to Rapid City Regional for immediate surgery. Baird and Christian Grogan received serious non-life threatening injuries. They were transported from Sturgis to Rapid City Regional Hospital. Jay Darter received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was treated at Sturgis Hospital and released. He was arrested for DUI and vehicular battery. Speed and driving on the wrong side of the road were factors in this crash. Helmets were not worn.
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A 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Lonny Smith, 52, of Fort Meade, S.D., was traveling westbound on Old Hill City Rd. Smith was traveling with a passenger, Roxanne Smith, 52, also from Fort Meade. He attempted to negotiate a left hand curve, when the front brake locked up and threw both driver and passenger off of the motorcycle. They received serious non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital by Keystone Ambulance. They were wearing eye protection only. No charges are pending. 
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A 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by John Glidewell, 61, of St. Francis, Kan., and passenger Janae Zerr, 25, of Oak Grove, Ky., was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 385 near mile marker 106. An unknown southbound motorcycle crossed the center line and collided with the 2010 Harley Davidson but did not stop. The driver and passenger of the Harley Davidson received minor injuries. The passenger was transported to Rapid City Regional with a possible broken leg. The unknown motorcycle and rider have not been located.
 
Other Noteworthy Events:
 A Colorado plated vehicle was stopped for equipment violations. A search revealed over 1 ½ pounds of Marijuana and THC edibles. The subjects in the vehicle were arrested and charged accordingly. The vehicle was seized, and is pending forfeiture through the Attorney General’s Office.
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A Colorado motorcycle was stopped for a vehicle violation. A search revealed about two grams of suspected methamphetamine, two glass pipes, one of which having a white powder residue. The passenger was arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail and will be charged accordingly. The motorcycle was not seized.
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A Highway Patrol officer was notified of a power line down on U.S. Highway 14A, near mile marker 17 in the Spearfish Canyon. An unknown vehicle hit the Century Link phone cords that cross the highway which broke one of the two wires. It caused the top electrical wires to make contact and resulted in a shorting out of power. There were fiber optic lines hanging about five feet from the highway. When Century Link arrived the Highway was closed for approximately five minutes while the line was cut and pulled across the highway. It is unknown when the line will be repaired.
 
 
Aug 4
 
Injury Crashes:
A 2004 Yamaha VXS 1100 motorcycle driven by Karrol Art Melcher, 56, of New Underwood, S.D., was traveling east behind a passenger car on S.D. Highway 44, two miles east of Johnson Siding. Melcher locked up his brakes, lost control and separated from his motorcycle which came to rest in the middle of the road. He sustained serious life threatening injuries from the crash. Melcher was transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital by a Rapid City Medic Unit. He was not wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor. No charges are pending.
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A 2002 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle driven by Michael Heenan, 54, of Blue Earth, Minn., was traveling southbound on Nemo Road when the rear tire locked and caused the motorcycle to fishtail and crash. The motorcycle and driver crossed the center line and came to rest in the northbound lane. Heenan, who was not wearing a helmet, received minor injuries and refused medical aid. Alcohol and speed are not factors. No charges are pending.
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A 2004 Yamaha XVS 1100, driven by Dirk Kitzelman, 55, of Rapid City, S.D., was traveling eastbound on S.D. Highway 34 near mile marker 40. He was traveling with passenger Christel Kitzelman, 47, of Rapid City. Dirk Kitzelman approached the entrance to Bear Butte Creek campground and applied his brakes when the vehicle ahead slowed. He lost control of the motorcycle and tipped over, which caused the driver and passenger to become separated from the motorcycle. Both received serious non-life threatening injuries. They were transported by Sturgis Ambulance to Sturgis Hospital. Both were wearing helmets. No charges are pending.
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A bicycle ridden by Adam Habets, 36, of Butte, Mont., was traveling on a bicycle trail parallel to U.S. Highway 14A near mile marker 14.5. A deer ran out in front of his bike which caused him to swerve and fall off his bike. He received serious but non-life threatening injuries. Habets was transported by Deadwood ambulance to a landing zone and then flown to a Rapid City hospital.  Mr. Habets was not wearing a helmet.
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A 2009 Harley-Davidson MC motorcycle operated by Peter J. Laruffa, 61, of Hillsborough, N.J. was traveling northbound on S.D. Highway 87 near mile marker 57. He entered into a left hand curve and the motorcycle failed to negotiate the curve. Laruffa lost control of the motorcycle which went down onto its left side and entered the north ditch. Laruffa was thrown from the motorcycle into the ditch. He received serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Custer EMS to Rapid City Regional Hospital. Mr. Laruffa was not wearing a helmet. Speed and alcohol were not factors in this crash. No charges are pending.
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A 2012 Harley Davidson FLHX motorcycle driven by Donald Meyer, 60, of Watertown, S.D., was traveling east on Interstate 90 near mile marker 57.  Due to a standstill in traffic, Meyer lost control of the motorcycle and crashed. He was thrown from the motorcycle as it rolled and then came to rest in the middle of the roadway. The driver received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital by a Rapid City Fire unit. Meyer was wearing a helmet and no charges are pending.
 
 
Other Noteworthy Events:
A Fla. semi-truck and trailer driver was reported as swerving on the roadway and almost hitting some motorcycles. The vehicle and driver were located and a search revealed that the driver was in possession of a controlled substance. The driver was charged accordingly.
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A Calif. motor home was stopped for a driving violation. A search revealed more than two ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The motor home and $1,351.00 in U.S. currency are being held pending asset forfeiture. The driver and passenger will be charged accordingly.
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A Mass. motor home was stopped for a moving violation. A search revealed eighteen grams of heroin and a small amount of marijuana. The driver and passenger were arrested and will be charged accordingly. The motor home and $5,976.00 are pending asset forfeiture through the Attorney General’s office.
 
Aug 5
 
Fatal Crashes:
Paul Thomsen, 48, of Pender Neb., was riding a 2001 Yamaha Road Star XV 1600 south on Nemo Road near Pine Drive east of Nemo S.D. His motorcycle met a 2007 Honda Civic driven by Steven Scott Busse, 57, of Rapid City, S.D., traveling north on Nemo Road. The two vehicles side swiped each other on a curve and as a result, Thomsen lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. He sustained fatal injuries from the crash. Thomsen was not wearing a helmet. Busse was not injured in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt.
 
Injury Crashes:
A 2001 Harley Davidson MC motorcycle driven by Jason Keelin, 39, of Huron, S.D., and a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Rodney Doering, 55, of Huron, slowed to make a left turn from S.D. Highway 79 mile marker 118 into the Dragpipe Saloon. A 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by Trey Wammen, 22, of Reva, S.D., rear-ended Keelin’s motorcycle, causing it to hit Doering’s motorcycle. Doering’s motorcycle went through a fence and hit a 1999 Ford F250, parked at the Dragpipe Saloon. Keelin was separated from his motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet and received minor injuries. He refused medical services on scene. Doering was not wearing a helmet and received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was Life-Flighted to Rapid City Regional Hospital. Wammen was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. He was cited for careless driving. Alcohol was not a factor.
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 A 2006 Harley Davidson Ultra motorcycle, driven by Nicholas Caro, 60, of Glenview, Ill., was traveling westbound on S.D. Highway 40 near mile marker 45. While negotiating a curve, Caro lost control of the motorcycle. He was separated from the motorcycle and received minor injuries. He refused medical attention. He was wearing eye protection, but no helmet. Speed and alcohol are not factors in this crash. No charges are pending.
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A 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Robert Porter, 64, of Casper, Wyo., was traveling northbound on Norris Peak Road. An uninvolved vehicle crossed the center lane which caused the motorcycle to swerve, run off the roadway and then into the ditch. Porter received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Rapid City Regional Hospital. He was not wearing a helmet. No charges are pending.
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A 2004 Harley Davidson FLHRCI motorcycle driven by Donnie Egan, 44, of Henderson, Colo., was northbound on Norris Peak Road about five miles north of Johnson Siding. He lost control while driving a curve and his motorcycle slid to its side. Egan received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital by Lead-Deadwood Ambulance. Egan was not wearing a helmet. No charges are pending. 
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A 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup driven by Nicholas Eslick, 24, of Box Elder, S. D., was traveling southbound on Sturgis Road en route to the Tilford Gulch Campground. Eslick attempted a left turn in front of a 2007 Harley Davidson FLHX motorcycle driven northbound by Paul Meyer, 58, of Alda, Neb. Meyer received life-threatening injuries from the impact. He was Life-Flighted to Rapid City Regional Hospital.  Meyer was not wearing a helmet. Eslick was wearing a seatbelt, and was not injured. Eslick was cited for making an improper turn.
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A 1999 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle driven by Thomas Glasgow, 53, of Billings, Mont., was stopped on US 14A in order to make a left hand turn onto Lost Gulch Road. Jasper King, 46, of Austin, Ark., was driving a 2010 Harley Davidson FHX motorcycle with passenger Elizabeth King, 48, also of Austin. He didn’t realize Glasgow’s motorcycle was stopped and King rear-ended Glasgow’s motorcycle. Neither driver received injuries. The passenger on King’s motorcycle received serious non-life threatening injuries. She was transported to Sturgis Hospital by Sturgis Ambulance. Neither drivers nor the passenger was wearing a helmet. No charges are pending.
 
Other Noteworthy Events:
A Calif. motorcycle was stopped for a moving violation. A police service dog was deployed for a sniff of the motorcycle and a search revealed .4 grams of meth and 1.4 grams of cocaine. The driver was charged accordingly. The motorcycle was seized pending forfeiture through the Attorney General’s Office.
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A Calif. motorcycle was stopped for a moving violation. A police service dog indicated to the odor of illegal drugs. A search revealed drug paraphernalia and Mehtylin pills. The driver was charged accordingly. The motorcycle is pending forfeiture.
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A Calif. Motorcycle was pulled over for moving violations. A police service dog was deployed around the motorcycle and indicated to illegal drugs. A search revealed 1.2 ounces of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, marijuana wax and hydrocodone pills. The driver was charged accordingly. The motorcycle is pending forfeiture proceedings.
 
Aug 6
 
Fatal Crashes:
Gerald A. Ranous, 73, of Plymouth, was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson FLHTC 1 on S.D. Highway 87 near Pigtail Bridge. He failed to negotiate a turn, didn’t brake and then traveled ten feet up an embankment and rolled over once. Ranous was transported by air to a hospital in Rapid City where he died of injuries suffered in the crash. He was not wearing a helmet.
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Macoy Michael Collins, 17, of Faith was driving a 1983 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck north on S.D. Highway 73, one mile south of Faith. The pickup drifted off of the roadway and entered the east ditch. Collins overcorrected to bring the vehicle back onto the roadway and crossed into the southbound lane. The vehicle swerved back toward the east ditch, became sideways and then rolled over which ejected Collins and a passenger named Kimberly Jolene Wright, 17, of Hermosa S.D. A third passenger, Blaze Harold McMurtry, 19 of Faith, was partially ejected. The vehicle rolled through a fence and came to rest on its top in a pasture. None of the vehicle’s occupants were wearing a seat belt. Collins suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Wright received serious but non-life threatening injuries in the crash. McMurtry received life threatening injuries in the crash.
 
Injury Crashes:
 Larry H. Pack, 61, of Belle Fourche, S.D., was driving a 1993 Ford Ranger northbound on the Crook City Road approximately one mile south of Whitewood, S.D. Pack swerved left to miss a deer and the back end of his pickup broke loose from the road. He reacted and swerved back to the right which caused him to enter the west ditch and collide with a power pole. Pack exited his vehicle and called 911. He sustained serious, life threatening injuries in the crash and was transported to a hospital in Spearfish before being transported to a hospital in Rapid City. He was wearing a seatbelt.
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Phillip D. Reddick, 65, of Longmont, Colo., was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson south on U.S. Highway 85 two miles south of Cheyenne Crossing. As he entered a curve, Reddick took the curve too tightly and entered onto the soft shoulder of the road. He lost control of the motorcycle and it skidded onto its side, which caused the driver to become separated from the motorcycle. Reddick suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries due to the crash. He avoided more serious injuries due to the full faced helmet he was wearing.
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Kyla Marie Huntimer, 25, of Arlington, S.D., was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am eastbound on U.S. Highway 14 between Volga, S.D. and Brookings, S.D. Previously, a motorcycle crash occurred in the westbound lanes of the highway and emergency personnel were on scene. Huntimer was looking at the motorcycle crash scene and she collided with another slower moving vehicle driven by Bradley Dean Ringgaard, 43, of Brookings, S.D. Neither driver was seriously injured in the crash and both were wearing seatbelts. The motorcycle crash was investigated by the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.
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Jeffrey Arthur Krause, 52, of Fergus Falls, Minn., was driving a 1996 Harley Davidson Fat Boy eastbound on U.S. Highway 212 approximately 20 miles east of Newell, S.D. He encountered a large bump in the roadway which caused the suspension in the small trailer he was towing to fail. The trailer began to sway and caused Krause to lose control of the motorcycle. He entered into the north ditch and jumped from the motorcycle to avoid being rolled over. Krause sustained minor injuries and was transported to a hospital in Sturgis. He was wearing a helmet.
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Lonnie L. Stutzman, 75, of Milford, Neb., was driving a 2007 Kawasaki Victory motorcycle east on Norman Ave., north of Black Hawk, S.D. He turned into a private driveway to make a U-turn and as he re-entered the roadway, he traveled off onto the south shoulder of the road. When Stutzman stopped and attempted to push the motorcycle back, he rolled forward into the south ditch and the motorcycle fell over onto his left ankle. He sustained minor injuries. Stutzman was not wearing a helmet.
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Jaime Otero Santiago, 43, of Vego Alta, Puerto Rico, was driving a 2003 Yamaha Road Star, south on S.D. Highway 87 approximately one mile north of U.S. Highway 16A. He failed to negotiate a left curve and ran off of the road and into the west ditch. His right foot peg caught the soft ground and caused the motorcycle to roll onto its right side. He was transported to a hospital in Custer for serious but non-life threatening injuries. Santiago was wearing a helmet.
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Steven Michael Miller, 41, of Amarillo, Tex., was driving a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Custom motorcycle on the Wild Life Loop in Custer State Park. He began to drift toward the ditch and attempted to bring the motorcycle back onto the roadway by over correcting. The motorcycle rolled onto its left side and Miller hit his head on the edge of the asphalt. He was not wearing a helmet. Miller was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Custer, S.D.
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Cornelius McCarthy, 70, of Hinsdale, N.H., was driving a 2010 Harley Davidson FLHTK EL motorcycle eastbound on U.S. 16 near Rockerville, S.D. A single deer ran northbound out of the south ditch and into the rear of the motorcycle and right leg of passenger Catherine L. Clark, 61, of Hinsdale. McCarthy was able to keep the motorcycle upright and slowed to a stop on the shoulder.
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Regina Sanetti, 55, of Bellingham, Mass., was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle south 17 miles south of Deadwood on U.S. Highway 385. The area had received a large amount of ¼ to ½ inch diameter hail on the roadway and shoulder and caused slow and stand-still traffic and slippery road conditions. Sanetti lost control of the motorcycle as traffic began to move again and she entered the east ditch where she traveled off an embankment and came to a rest. She was separated from the motorcycle and landed on rocks located on the embankment. She was wearing a helmet and sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.
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Carlo Willard Castagneri, 75, of Richfield, Minn., mounted a 2013 Harley Davidson Trike at the campground he was staying at. He had purchased the motorcycle earlier in the day and stated that he thought it was idling at a higher level than normal. Castagneri’s passanger, Norma Marie Castagneri, 75, of Richfield, also mounted the motorcycle. Carlo Castagneri started the motorcycle and stated he thought it was idling fast. According to Castagneri, he let the clutch out slowly, but began to speed through the parking lot and crashed into two parked cars on the west side of the parking lot. He stated that he tried to hit the kill switch, but could not do so and control the motorcycle simultaneously. Both Castagneri’s sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries in the crash; neither was wearing a helmet.
 
 
Other Noteworthy Events:
 A Wisconsin plated vehicle was stopped on Interstate 90, east of Rapid City for speeding. After the odor of raw marijuana was detected, a search was conducted. In the vehicle and on personal property, marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia and LSD were found. The vehicle’s occupants were transported to Pennington County Jail.
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A Highway Patrol Trooper stopped to assist a motorist with a S.D. plated vehicle near Rapid City, S.D. The trooper noticed indicators that the female was under the influence of drugs. After an impaired driving field sobriety test was conducted and the female failed, a search of the vehicle produced methamphetamine located within personal property and methamphetamine paraphernalia including a scale and empty plastic baggies with white residue. The female was transported to Pennington County Jail.
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A vehicle not bearing license plates was stopped near Edgemont, S.D. A raw marijuana odor from inside the vehicle was detected. The Trooper also detected that the driver had been drinking alcohol. During a search of the vehicle, hashish, marijuana and two marijuana pipes were found. A field sobriety test was conducted and the driver failed. In addition, an open container of alcohol was located in the vehicle. The driver and a passenger were taken to Fall River County Jail.
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A California plated motorcycle was stopped on S.D. Highway 34 for speeding. The odor of raw marijuana was detected. During a search, marijuana, marijuana wax and marijuana paraphernalia were found. The driver was arrested.
 
Aug 7
 
Injury Crashes: 
Michael H. John, 63, of Centerville, Ohio, was driving a 2013 Ford Explorer on U.S. Highway 14A, four miles east of Deadwood, S.D. He was stopped at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14A and Larkspur Rd. Jack Dale Good Jr., 50, of Shawnee, Okla., was driving a 1980 Yamaha Motorcycle west on U.S. Highway 14A when John pulled onto the highway and failed to yield to the motorcycle. As a result, Good Jr., struck the driver’s side front fender. Good Jr. was flown to a hospital in Rapid City with serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet. John was not injured in the crash; he was wearing a seatbelt. John had a passenger in his vehicle named Peter James Motza, 50, of Miamisburg, Ohio. Motza was not injured.
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Michael Joseph Barker, 62, of Saint Cloud, Fla., was making a left turn to travel north on U.S. Highway 85 from S.D. Highway 34 near Belle Fourche, S.D. Diesel fuel was spilled at the intersection and the back tire slid on the roadway because of the fuel. The motorcycle tipped over onto its left side. Barker’s passenger, Pamela S. Robinson, 59, of Saint Cloud, Fla., was transported to a hospital in Spearfish with minor injuries. Barker was not injured in the crash. Neither person was wearing a helmet.
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Mark Thomas McWaters, 61, of Longwood, Fla., was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on Interstate 90, five miles east of Mitchell. He was in the passing lane behind a 2008 Pontiac Vibe driven by Philipo Stevano Deleo, 67, of Gibbon, Minn., and two unknown pickups pulling trailers. The pickups with trailers abruptly slowed on the Interstate and used the center median crossover to turn around and begin traveling west on Interstate 90. As a result of the slowing pickups and trailers, Deleo abruptly slowed his vehicle to avoid a rear-end collision which then caused McWaters to abruptly brake his motorcycle. McWaters’s collided into the rear bumper of Deleo’s vehicle and his motorcycle laid down on its side. McWater’s was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet. Deleo did not suffer injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt. The two pickups and trailers have not been located.
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Jeremiah Melvin West, 28, of Bismarck, N.D., was driving a 2013 Victory Highball motorcycle north on U.S. Highway 85 near Belle Fourche. He lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down due to a group of motorcycle riders failing to yield while making a U-turn at the intersection. The group of motorcycles did not stay at the scene of the crash. West sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was wearing a helmet.
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A minor from Veblen, S.D., was driving a 1990 Chevrolet Blazer eastbound on 103rd St., one mile north of Veblen, S.D. He failed to yield for a yield sign, crossed 446th Ave., and struck a 1998 Kenworth semi-truck driven northbound on 446th Ave., by Durwood C. Macconnell, 45, of Sisseton, S.D.  The minor’s SUV rolled over onto its roof in the ditch. The minor was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries in the crash. A minor passenger in the vehicle also was not wearing a seatbelt; he received minor injuries in the crash. Macconnell was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.
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Timothy Allan Penton, 58, of Spearfish, S.D., was driving a 2006 Harley Davidson FLSTCI southbound on U.S. Highway 85 on the north edge of Spearfish. He crossed the Interstate 90 exit 10 interchange and continued driving north. A motorcycle failed to yield to him at the stop sign and turned in front of Penton which caused him to lose control of his motorcycle to avoid a collision. His motorcycle was laid down as a result. Penton received minor injuries in the crash. He was wearing a helmet. His passenger, Lisa Ann Penton, 57, of Spearfish, was not injured. The motorcycle that failed to yield left the scene of the crash.
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Michael A. Torres, 55, of Hatbora, Pa., was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson Motorcycle south on U.S. Highway 85. Behind him was a 2009 Harley Davidson Fleet Ultra Classic driven by Alexander Antkowiak, 48, of Hatbora. A northbound Dodge pickup crossed into the southbound lane and impacted the driver’s side mirror of Torres’s motorcycle and left side of Antkowiak’s motorcycle. Torres was able to stay in control of the motorcycle and come to a stop. He was uninjured. Antkowiak was unable to maintain control of the motorcycle due to the collision. His motorcycle laid on its side and slid across the roadway coming to a rest on the north shoulder of the road. He sustained serious non-life threatening injuries from the crash. The Dodge pickup, described as a late 80s or early 90s, two-tone Red and Silver flatbed truck, left the scene of the crash. The fleeing Dodge pickup will have left bumper damage with a possible blue scrape mark or chrome slivers in the front bumper due to the collision with Antkowiak’s motorcycle.
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Carlos Alexandre Narcisco, 51, of Londrina, Brazil, was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson Electra Glide northbound on S.D. Highway 244 near Horse Thief Lake, four miles north of Mt. Rushmore. A vehicle ahead of him was slowing to turn into the parking lot for the lake. As Narcisco slowed while leaning into a curve, he began to fishtail on a wet road. The motorcycle tipped over and he received serious non-life threatening injuries. A passenger, Claudia Maria Narcisco, 35, of Londrina, sustained minor injuries in the crash.
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Thomas Vo, 26, of Richland, Wash., was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer east on Interstate 90 near mile marker 67 east of Rapid City, S.D. He swerved and then over-corrected which sent the vehicle into a fish-tail. Vo’s vehicle ran off the roadway and into the south ditch where it rolled one and a half times coming to a rest on its top. Vo was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.
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Brian Roy Morita, 52, of Vancouver, B.C., was driving a 2010 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 east on S.D. Highway 248 near Murdo, S.D. As he attempted a left turn onto VanMeter Rd., he struck a patch of gravel which caused the motorcycle to skid sideways and land on its left side. Morita was wearing a helmet and sustained minor injuries in the crash.
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John J. Chynesky, 59, of Monroeville, N.J., was driving a 2006 Harley Davidson FLH north on S.D. Highway 44 near Johnson Siding. Several deer entered the roadway and crossed in front of him. He locked up the rear brake which caused the motorcycle to slide sideways and roll. Chynesky and passenger, Glenda Chynesky, 58, of Monroeville, were thrown from the motorcycle. Both sustained serious non-life threatening injuries in the crash. They were not wearing helmets.
 
Other Noteworthy Items:
A small grass fire occurred on the north shoulder of Interstate 90 near exit eight near Spearfish, S.D. The Spearfish Fire Department arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire. Northern Hills Fire assisted with the fire. The cause of the fire is not known.
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A vehicle was stopped within Sturgis City Limits by the Division of Criminal Investigation. The agent was suspicious of drug use and requested the assistance of a South Dakota Highway Patrol Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). The driver failed a field sobriety test and consented to a search of the vehicle which produced methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver was arrested.
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A vehicle was stopped for speeding near exit 10 on Interstate 90 near Spearfish, S.D. An odor of raw marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle and the driver admitted to possession of it. A search revealed an empty container lying on the side of the road where the marijuana had previously been stored, and a green film in the driver’s mouth indicating marijuana had been ingested. Additionally, marijuana paraphernalia was found.
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A vehicle was stopped for having an inoperable left tail light. Indicators of drug activity were suspected in the vehicle and a search was granted. In the vehicle was found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI. Two passengers were also arrested. The vehicle and $2,442 in currency were seized and are pending asset forfeiture through the Attorney General’s Office.
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A motorcycle was stopped in Sturgis for an improper right turn. As contact was made with the driver, a white powdery substance started to appear from the driver’s right nostril. He admitted the substance was cocaine and field test indicated this was correct. The driver was arrested for DUI and the motorcycle is pending asset forfeiture proceedings with the Attorney General’s Office.
 
 
 
Aug 8
 
Injury Crashes: 
Ian James Wilson, 59, of Nusu Dau, Indonesia, was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson Electra Glide east on Interstate 90 in Rapid City, S.D. A group of motorcycles he was traveling with took exit 61 as a last minute decision. Wilson lost control as he attempted to take the exit and as a result the motorcycle was laid down on its driver’s side. He was transported to a hospital in Rapid City with serious non-life threatening injuries. Wilson was wearing a helmet.
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Darren E. Kindle, 43, of Pittsfield, Ill., was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson FLSTC, south on S.D. Highway 87 near the bottom of the Needles Highway. He was driving with passenger Julie A. Borrowman, 35, of Pittsfield. Kindle fell off of the west edge of the roadway and the motorcycle was laid down in the turn. As the motorcycle slid across the highway, it entered the path and collided with a 2001 Harley Davidson Fat Boy, driven northbound by Leslie Ray Schock, 54, of Casselton, N.D. Borrowman sustained minor injuries in the crash and was transported to a hospital in Custer. Kindle and Schock were not injured.
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John Edward Crosby, 63, of Oakboro, N.C., was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle east on Interstate 90, near Chamberlain, S.D. While passing another motorist, he lost control of his motorcycle on a curve and entered the median. As a result, Crosby was separated from his motorcycle as it rolled. He was transported to a hospital in Chamberlain with serious non-life threatening injuries. During the incident, a Chamberlain Police Department vehicle was struck while providing assistance.
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Jeffrey Lee Jorgensen, 56, of Geneva Ill., was driving a 2011 Harley Davidson Electra Glide south on S.D. Highway 87 one quarter mile south of S.D. Highway 89. He failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway and ran off the road to the west. His motorcycle tipped over onto its left side as a result. Jorgensen was transported to a hospital in Custer with minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.
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Richard Cornelius Saathoff, 74, of Aurora, Colo., was driving a 2002 Honda Shadow, north on Vanocker Rd. eight miles north of Nemo Rd. He failed to negotiate a left curve and ran off the road to the east. Saathoff’s motorcycle struck a fence post. He was transported to a hospital in Sturgis and then to a hospital in Rapid City with serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.
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Steven C. Vernon, 47, of Lincoln, Neb., was driving a 2005 AMER TEX south on U.S. Highway 85, approximately 30 miles south of Lead, S.D., near the South Dakota and Wyoming border. He had an infant passenger with him. Traveling behind Vernon was Dean Bunch in a 2007 Harley Davidson VST. Bunch failed to brake as Vernon was slowing in front of him and a rear end collision occurred. Vernon sustained minor injuries in the crash. His infant passenger sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. They were transported to a hospital in Deadwood. Bunch was not injured.
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Yvonne K. Rasmussen, 71, of Machesney Park, Ill., was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado hauling two motorcycles in an enclosed trailer, east on Interstate 90, six miles east of Kimball, S.D. While passing a motorhome pulling a trailer, a gust of wind caught her trailer and caused it to sway out of control. The pickup and trailer entered the median and rolled onto their roofs. Rasmussen was not injured in the crash. A passenger, Jackie J. Daehler, 62, of Machesney Park, was not injured. They were both wearing seatbelts.
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Carey Joe Rhods, 53, of Wakefield, Neb., was driving a 2008 Honda GL1800, east on Interstate 90 one mile south of Chamberlain, S.D. He took the exit to use the rest area facilities and failed to negotiate a curve. Rhods’s motorcycle left the roadway to the north and he lost control of it before it was laid down on its side. Rhods sustained serious non-life threatening injuries in the crash. His passenger, Laurie L. Rhods, 50, of Wakefield, sustained minor injuries. They were transported to a hospital in Chamberlain and released.
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Chamberlain Police Officer John Jacob Thomas Reimer, 29, of Oacoma S.D., parked on the north shoulder of the Interstate 90 eastbound lane to assist with the Carey Joe Rhods and Laurie L. Rhods of Wakefield, Neb., crash near Chamberlain, S.D. Driving a 2004 Alfa motorhome pulling a trailer east on Interstate 90 was Scott B. Siegel, 40, of Iola, Wisc. While in the passing lane, Siegel’s trailer struck the passenger side rear of the patrol car which pushed it forward approximately 14 feet. No one was injured in the crash. Siegel was wearing a seatbelt.
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Robert A. Ray, 56, of Pineville, La., was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson FLHRCI south on U.S. Highway 85, approximately 20 miles south of Lead S.D., near the South Dakota and Wyoming border. He failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and entered the west ditch. His motorcycle overturned and Ray sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. He was flown to a hospital in Rapid City.
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Ronald J. Rogers, 68, of Sandwich, Ill., was driving a 2011 Buick Lucerne north on U.S. Highway 281 south of Aberdeen, S.D. Pearl Marie Eldredge, 74, of Ashton, S.D. turned left onto the highway and struck the passenger side of Rogers’s vehicle. He was transported to a hospital in Aberdeen with minor injuries. Rogers was wearing a seatbelt. Eldredge was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.
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Michelle Joanne Hammond, 27, of Spearfish, S.D., was driving a 2009 Honda Accord east on Interstate 90 one mile east of Whitewood, S.D. She was in the passing lane behind a 2004 BMW 325i driven by Mark Andrew Looman, 28, of Glencoe, Ill. Hammond failed to slow for the traffic in front of her that had backed up and collided with the rear end of Looman’s vehicle. Hammond and Looman were not injured in the crash. Looman’s passenger, Zachary Looman, 24, of Glencoe was transported to a hospital in Spearfish with minor injuries.
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Ronald Thomas Rickard, 53, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was driving a 2000 Harley Davidson FLHX, east on Nemo road near Lucky Strike Rd., ten miles southeast of Deadwood, S.D. He failed to negotiate a left hand turn and traveled off the road into the south ditch. He was flown to a hospital in Rapid City with serious non-life threatening injuries. Rickard was not wearing a helmet.
 
 
 
Other Noteworthy Items:
 A vehicle was stopped one mile west of Spearfish on Interstate 90. During the stop, a probable cause search revealed 55.5 amphetamine pills and drug paraphernalia. The driver did not have a prescription for the pills.
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A vehicle with California plates was stopped for speeding approximately four miles north of Belle Fourche, S.D. The driver admitted to having marijuana paraphernalia in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia, marijuana, marijuana wax and hashish.
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A vehicle with Wisconsin license plates was stopped for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk in Deadwood, S.D. The driver consented to a vehicle search which produced two plastic bags with crack cocaine residue and crack cocaine paraphernalia.
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A vehicle was stopped for speeding on S.D. Highway 79, 20 miles south of Reva, S.D. The driver admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle. A search produced THC Brownies, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
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A South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper observed a motorcycle without license plates, traveling faster than the posted speed limit, west on U.S. Highway 16. The trooper engaged RADAR and clocked the motorcycle traveling 73 mph in a 60 mph zone. As the trooper pursued the motorcycle, speeds increased past 100 mph. The pursuit changed direction to eastbound U.S. Highway 16. Due to its dangerous nature, the Trooper terminated the pursuit.
 
A few minutes later, another Trooper located the motorcycle traveling east on Catron Blvd., near the waterslide and noted the motorcycle was traveling at approximately 90 mph.
 
A Rapid City police officer conducting a traffic stop, observed the motorcycle traveling on Parkview Dr. An unidentified witness advised that a fast moving motorcycle had pulled into a residence garage. The South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper arrived at the scene and made positive identification of the motorcycle and driver.
 
Dakota James Ray, 23, of Rapid City, S.D., was charged with Aggravated Eluding. He was transported to Pennington County Jail.
 
Aug 9
 
Injury Crashes: 
Reinhold Schwartz Jr., 74, of Minatare, Neb., was driving a 2012 Columbia Freight truck with gravel south on U.S. Highway 385, 11 miles north of the South Dakota and Nebraska border. He drove off the west side of the road and shoulder and attempted to steer back onto the roadway. The gravel load shifted as Schwartz overcorrected the steering and freight truck rolled once and came to a rest blocking the southbound lanes. Schwartz was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to a hospital in Rapid City with serious non-life threatening injuries. The southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 385 were closed and traffic was detoured around the crash site while the South Dakota Department of Transportation removed gravel that spilled as a result of the crash.
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Nick Werner, 68, of Rapid City, S.D., was driving a 2009 Harley Davidson Soft Tail north on Vanocker Canyon Rd., seven miles south of Sturgis, S.D. He failed to negotiate a curve and locked the brakes on his motorcycle, which caused him to slide into the east ditch and collide with a rock face. Werner was not wearing a helmet and was transported to a hospital in Sturgis with serious non-life threatening injuries.
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Jeremy L. Carlson, 38, of Killdeer, N.D., was driving a 2006 Harley Davidson 20C, south on S.D. Highway 79 near Hoover, S.D. A gust of wind caused him to lose control of his motorcycle, tip over and slide across the roadway and into the east ditch. Carlson was not wearing a helmet and was transported to a hospital in Spearfish with serious non-life threatening injuries.
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Tiffany Ann Olson, 28, of Hill City, S.D., was driving a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, south on S.D. Highway 87, four miles south of Hill City. Riding with her was Melissa Olson, 26, of Lawrence, Kan., and two juveniles. Olson made a U-Turn on the road and Anthony Scott Tripp, 44, of Indialantic, Fla., braked, skidded and overturned the motorcycle onto its left side before colliding with Olson’s vehicle. Tripp was transported to a hospital in Custer with serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. No one in Olson’s car sustained injuries in the crash. They were wearing seatbelts.
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Scott Moody, 55, of Piedmont, S.D., was driving a 2004 Victory Kingpin motorcycle with passenger Pamela May Moody, 54, of Piedmont, west on Timberwood Dr., approximately one mile west of Elk Creek Rd. Moody locked his brakes to avoid colliding with a deer, and overturned the motorcycle and became separated from the motorcycle along with Pamela Moody. Neither was wearing a helmet and they were transported to a hospital in Rapid City with serious non-life threatening injuries.
 
Other Noteworthy Items:
 A pickup driving north on U.S. Highway 85 was stopped for an equipment violation. The driver admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle. A search produced marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The driver was transported to the Meade County Jail.
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A Colorado plated vehicle was stopped for a traffic offense in Deadwood, S.D. The driver admitted to having a knife and consented to a search which produced marijuana, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The vehicle is being held pending asset forfeiture proceedings with the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.
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Mark Daniel Kudlach, 55, of Norwich, Conn., was driving a 1996 Roadmaster Dynasty Camper pulling a trailer north on S.D. Highway 79 six miles south of Hermosa. The camper started on fire from the engine compartment. The camper became fully engulfed by flames and caused slight damage to the trailer. The northbound lanes of the highway were closed and traffic diverted for approximately one hour while the flames were extinguished.
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A vehicle was stopped for following another vehicle too closely. During the stop, a Police Service Dog indicated drugs were located in the vehicle. A search revealed marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, a hand pistol and ammunition.
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A motorcycle was stopped in Sturgis, S.D., because the driver was not wearing eye protection. The driver was arrested for a DUI and a search produced marijuana and hashish.
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A North Dakota man wanted for aggravated assault was apprehended near Belle Fourche, S.D., by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
 
 
Aug 10
 
Fatal Crashes:
 Kenneth E. Dahn, 61, of Keystone, S.D., was driving a 2006 Chevy Silverado, east on Madill St. in Keystone. He left the roadway toward a bridge, drove up the concrete rail and rolled the vehicle into the creek below causing the vehicle to come to rest on its roof. Dahn was transported to a hospital in Rapid City and died from injuries sustained in the crash.
 
Injury Crashes:
Randall R. Bradley, 58, of Fairfield, Neb., was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson FLSTFI south on S.D. Highway 87 three miles south of the U.S. 16A and S.D. Highway 87 intersection. He failed to negotiate a left hand turn and entered the ditch on the north side of the road. Bradley’s motorcycle tipped over and he was pinned underneath it. He was transported to a hospital in Custer with serious non-life threatening injuries. Bradley was wearing a helmet.
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Fay Joy Wiesner, 48, of Watertown, S.D., was driving a 2004 Harley Davidson FLHRCI north on Rochford Rd., in Rochford, S.D. She locked up the rear brakes which caused her to lose control of the motorcycle and lay it down on its side. She was not wearing a helmet and was flown to a hospital in Rapid City with life threatening injuries.
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Brandon Scott Hoover, 28, of Bismarck, N.D., was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson FX3 east on Nemo Rd., east of Nemo, S.D. He lost control of his motorcycle as he was slowing down and laid the motorcycle down. Scott’s passenger, Monica Jo Hoover, 27, of Bismarck, was separated from the motorcycle and sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. She was not wearing a helmet and was flown to a hospital in Rapid City. Brandon Hoover was not wearing a helmet and received minor injuries in the crash.
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Karen R. Hawkinson, 54, of Tioga, N.D., was driving a 2011 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail north on Norris Peak Road. She drifted into the east ditch and allowed the motorcycle to naturally slow in the grassy ditch. As she attempted to re-enter the roadway, Hawkinson’s motorcycle failed to crest the edge of the pavement and the motorcycle tipped over throwing her from it. She was not wearing a helmet and was flown to a hospital in Rapid City with serious non-life threatening injuries.
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Daniel Ray McCaman, 57, of Smyrna, Tenn., was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson FLH east and descending down a hill on Ridge Rd. He lost traction on the gravel road which was muddy in spots, left the roadway and spun out and tipped over as he attempted to re-enter the roadway. McCaman’s passenger, Robbie Sue McCaman, 50, of Smyrna, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries in the crash and was transported to a hospital in Spearfish, S.D. Daniel McCaman was not injured in the crash. They were both wearing helmets.
 
Other Noteworthy Items:
 A vehicle was stopped on Interstate 90 in Sturgis, S.D., for an equipment violation. A search revealed a personal defense tools including a stun gun and knife and methamphetamine. The vehicle was seized and is pending forfeiture through the Attorney General’s Office.
 

 
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