STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The number of traffic fatalities tied to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota has risen to nine.
The state Department of Public Safety says a two-motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 385 on Tuesday afternoon killed 31-year-old Destiny Smith and injured 44-year-old Michael Weissman. Both are from Glendale, Arizona.READ MORE: Undefeated Gophers Getting Along Just Fine Under Ben Johnson
Authorities say Weissman and Smith were riding a motorcycle together at the Sheridan Lake Fishing Pulloff when Weissman lost control. Smith was thrown into southbound traffic, where she was hit by another motorcycle and died.READ MORE: Vikings Leaning Hard On Justin Jefferson In Quest To Save Season
Weissman was also thrown from his bike.
The Rapid City Journal reports that the record for rally-related fatalities is believed to be 11 during the 50th anniversary rally in 1990. This year’s event is the 75th anniversary. It runs through Sunday.MORE NEWS: Source: Cheryl Reeve To Be Next US Women's Basketball Team Coach
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