- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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.

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.

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.


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