Motorcyclist killed in crash near Black Hawk

STURGIS, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A biker was killed Wednesday night when he crashed on Sturgis Road; about a mile west of Black Hawk.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports that the 39-year-old rider was nearing the intersection with Kimberly Drive when he failed to negotiate a curve; went off the road into a ditch, down an embankment and through a fence.

The rider’s name was not released, pending notification of his family.

This was the fourth recorded death at this year’s rally. Three were motorcyclists and another man was riding a UTV.

• Tuesday, the Highway Patrol says a 63-year-old man died after his motorcycle went off of Sturgis Road near Piedmont. His name has not been released.

• Saturday, 56-year-old James Barbier, of Aurora, Colo., was killed when he failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 85.

• Craig Carrell, 53 of Sioux City, Iowa, was killed in a UTV crash Saturday near Deadwood. While not a motorcycle-related crash, since it falls within the reporting period and area, the highway patrol counts it as a rally fatality.

• While the death fell outside of the rally reporting area, 54-year-old Nancy Robinson of Bloomfield, Ind., was killed Saturday when her trike motorcycle was hit by an SUV that turned in front of her on Highway 212 near Hulett, Wyo.

Last year at this time, there were also four rally deaths.

Injury crashes are down, 36 this year compared to 51 in 2017. Most of the injury crashes are due to the motorcyclist losing control. Four, however, involve wildlife.