- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - State officials say eight people have died in traffic accidents in western South Dakota over the past week as bikers have flooded the state for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The Department of Public Safety says four people have died in the city of Sturgis and four have died in western South Dakota since July 28.

Last year at this time, the patrol reported only one traffic fatality.

The most recent deaths include riders from North Dakota and Kansas.

Sixty-three-year-old Rose Ann Richard was thrown from her motorcycle near Sturgis on Interstate 90. The Belfield, North Dakota, woman died Monday of her injuries.

Forty-two-year-old John Rowlett, Jr., of Wichita, Kansas, lost control of his motorcycle Monday while on state Highway 87. He collided with a rock and died of his injuries.

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