Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2019: Man, 29, dies in crash; drug arrests inch higher

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A man died in a crash Monday afternoon outside Lead when he was thrown from his motorcycle after missing a curve in the road, according to Tuesday's statistics from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The man, 29, was driving southbound on North Rochford Road around 3 p.m. when he went off the road at a curve near the Old Salt Road intersection and was thrown from his motorcycle. The driver crossed the center line, went into a ditch and was thrown from the motorcycle.

He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is the first fatal crash at the rally so far this year. But motorcycle crashes overall this year are down; there have been 18 injury accidents this year, compared to 21 at this time last year.

Drug arrests continue to increase this year with 54 people being arrested on felony drug charges, compared to 32 at this time last year. One hundred and four people have been arrested on misdemeanor drug charges compared to 83 this time last year.

 

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