Fatalities up, total crashes down at Sturgis
The number of fatal crashes and DUI arrests were up during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, but the total number of crashes, felony arrests and citations were down.
Through Sunday, Aug. 12, nine people had died as a result of crashes near the Sturgis rally. The ninth person to die was Sheila Coleman, 43, of Oakes, N.D., who passed away Saturday following a Friday crash in which she lost control of her motorcycle and struck a pickup. The driver of the pickup was uninjured. Coleman wasn’t wearing a helmet. Last year, four fatalities were reported.
Though the number of fatal accidents more than doubled to nine this year, the total number of crashes dropped 16.7 percent to 108. Injury crashes decreased the most, down 60 percent to 50 this year.
During the rally, 251 DUI arrests were made, an increase over the 235 reported last year. However, felony arrests and citations were both down. Thirty-six felony arrests were made, with all but two coming from drug-related offenses. In 2011, 52 felony arrests were made. This year 1,189 citations were issued, down from 1,267 the year before.