UPDATE: Authorities release name in first fatal crash of the 2019 Sturgis Rally
UPDATE (August 8): Authorities have released the name of the man who passed away following a motorcycle crash near Lead.
Brandon Anderson, 29, of Norman, Oklahoma was riding a motorcycle southbound on North Rochford Road on Monday when he failed to negotiate a right curve. Anderson crossed the center line, slid into the ditch and was thrown from the vehicle.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.
The incident is the first, and so far only, fatal accident that’s occurred during this year’s rally.
STURGIS, S.D. — Officials say the first fatal crash of the 2019 Sturgis Rally happened on Monday afternoon near Lead.
The accident occurred around 3 p.m. when a 29-year-old male motorcyclist was driving southbound on North Rochford Road about 12 miles south of town. Officials say the driver failed to negotiate a right curve and crossed the center line before sliding into the ditch. The man was thrown from the motorcycle.
He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released.
The Department of Public Safety also announced several non-fatal crashes have happened as well. Since Saturday morning, there have been 18 crashes with injuries and 16 non-injury crashes in the Sturgis and Rapid City districts.
One of the non-fatal crashes happened on Monday morning on I-90 a mile east of Spearfish when the rear tire of a motorcycle blew out. The male driver, 50, lost control and was thrown. He was wearing a helmet and received minor injuries. The crash caused a 45 minute lane closure as crews worked to clear the scene.
In another instance on Monday, two motorcycles driving northbound on Highway 79 nine miles north of Sturgis both attempted to pass a third motorcycle going at a slower speed.
As they were passing, the third motorcycle turned left and collided with them. The 48-year-old male driver of the first passing motorcycle sustained minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. The second passing motorcyclist, a 53-year-old male, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries while his 53-year-old female passenger sustained minor injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet.
The 48-year-old male driver of the third motorcycle had serious non-life threatening injuries, and his 18-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries. It wasn’t reported whether they were wearing helmets or not.
Officials are continuing to urge the public to drive safely, take extra time and wear the proper protective gear when riding.