Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fatality count up to 3

STURGIS, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Tuesday, the Highway Patrol says a 63-year-old man died after his motorcycle went off of Sturgis Road, making this the third motorcyclist fatality during the Sturgis Rally.

The male rider failed to negotiate a curve, went off the highway into the ditch and hit a pole. The rider was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.

Tuesday also saw nine injury crashes of motorcycles.

-A back tire blew out on I-90; throwing the rider who had minor injuries. The passenger was not injured.
-A male motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve on Nemo Road; went off the roadway and down a steep hill. The biker suffered serious non-life threatening injuries.
-A female passenger on a motorcycle fainted and fell off the bike on U.S. Highway 385 south of Deadwood. She had minor injuries.
-A motorcycle crossed the center line just south of Keystone and collided with two motorcycles; all three riders were thrown from their motorcycles; all suffered minor injuries.
-A female motorcycle rider on Highway 40 west of Hermosa applied brakes to avoid a motorcycle-deer collision in front of her, causing the motorcycle to slide; minor injuries.
-On highway 244 just west of Keystone,a motorcycle rider failed to negotiate a curve and hit a guard rail; fell 80 feet down a cliff; serious non-life threatening injuries.
-A motorcycle was on Highway 79 north of Buffalo Gap; failed to negotiate a curve and tipped over in the median; minor injuries.
-A motorcycle collided with a deer that entered the highway on Highway 36 west of Hermosa. The male rider was thrown from the motorcycle; minor injuries.
-A motorcycle rider failed to negotiate a turn on Sheridan lake Road southwest of Rapid City. The rider suffered serious non-life threatening injuries.

The first two deaths during the Sturgis Rally occurred on Saturday, August 4. The first death (a motorcyclist) happened on U.S. 85 south of the Cheyenne Crossing and the second death (on a UTV) happened on east of Deadwood later that day.