SDHP: Fatal motorcycle crashes, fatalities doubled during 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

RAPID CITY, S.D. — In the final numbers from the 2020 Sturgis Rally, the South Dakota Highway Patrol reported a total of four fatal motorcycle crashes, which was twice the amount of fatal accidents in the 2019 Rally.

With the four fatal crashes came five fatalities as compared to two last year.

(Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 08, 2020 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 16, 2020)

Rally Final

Injury accidents were up (56 in 2020; 52 in 2019). A total of 106 crashes were reported during the Rally, up 13.

DUI arrests were down from last year (145 in 2020; 171 in 2019), as were Felony Drug Arrests (126 in 2020; 131 in 2019) and citations (1,334 in 2020; 1,336 in 2019.)

Authorities seized over four times the amount of cash in this year’s Rally ($18,763 in 2020; $4,044 in 2019).

One injury crash was reported on Saturday:

Injury Crashes:

At 7:23 p.m., Saturday, Interstate 90, mile marker 10, Spearfish: A 1999 Harley Davidson Electra Glide was westbound on Interstate 90 when the vehicle left the roadway to the north. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The 66-year-old male driver was not wearing a helmet and sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. No charges are pending.


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