Fatal accidents were way up this year at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally


Motorcyclists spent the day going home after the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota wrapped up Sunday. The number of fatal accidents connected to the rally was much higher this year than last.

Thirteen people were killed in traffic accidents in and around the city during the weeklong rally, compared with just four deaths a year ago, the South Dakota Highway Patrol said in a statement.

The latest fatality occurred Saturday afternoon, when 57-year-old Larry Kaduce of St. Peter, Minnesota, was driving his motorcycle on South Dakota Highway 79. When he tried to pass two pickup trucks pulling campers, he collided head-on with a semi truck traveling in the other lane. Kaduce was thrown from his motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Argus Leader.

The truck driver was not injured and will not be charged.

Another 152 crashes involving injuries occurred - again, that number is much higher than last year's total of 69, according to the Highway Patrol.

In terms of the number of arrests, though, the trend is downward. As of Sunday morning, 220 people had been arrested for driving under the influence, which is down from 257 last year. The number of arrests for drug possession was also down, the Highway Patrol notes.

The rally was celebrating its 75th year this year and organizers predicted more than a million motorcycle enthusiasts who come to the Black Hills city of just under 7,000 to celebrate bikes and participate in races and shows.

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