Sturgis Rally: death tally climbs to four - KOTA Territory News

Sturgis Rally: death tally climbs to four


On the second day of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a fourth person has died in a traffic accident.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Michael Schramm, age 57, of Flat Rock MI, was traveling westbound on Highway 244.  While negotiating a curve in the road, he came upon slower moving traffic.  Schramm locked up his brakes and was thrown from his motorcycle, and was then run over by an eastbound motorcycle operated by Don S. Bryant age 49, of Newton Falls, OH.  Bryant subsequently laid his bike down.  Schramm died as a result of his injuries.  Mr. Bryant received minor injuries.  SD 244 was closed for two hours during the investigation.                                                                                

Troopers assisted Lawrence County Sheriff's Office with a fatal motorcycle crash near Cheyenne Crossing.         


Other noteworthy items from the SD Highway Patrol:

Wade Hall, age 48, of Dorchester SC, was stopped for speeding. The trooper asked if he had any weapons on his person.  A consent search was conducted on his person.  A metal marijuana pipe with burnt residue, a small square box containing marijuana and a small white bottle which contained two baggies of methamphetamine were found. Hall was placed under arrest and transported to the Pennington County Jail.  Hall was charged accordingly.  The motorcycle was seized and is awaiting the asset forfeiture process.                               

Troy House, age, 49, of Rapid City, and a passenger , Robert Gotchie, age 46, of Deer River  MN, were stopped for two traffic violations on I-90 MP 66. While talking to the subjects, nervousness was observed from both. During the conversation the driver told the trooper that they were on their way to the Sturgis Rally to have a good time. When asked about illegal drugs and or narcotics, the passenger advised that he did have a small amount of marijuana. A search revealed; a glass pipe with white crystal residue, 1g meth, along with 0.1 ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia items. The driver was released and the passenger, Robert Gotchie was placed under arrest and charged accordingly.       

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