Drunken Hit-And-Run Driver At Sturgis Pleads Guilty

The man who killed a Nebraska motorcycle rider this year at the annual Sturgis Rally has admitted to the deadly hit-and-run.

33-year-old Robert Pittman of Rapid City pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter last week in the death of Brian Bye, 44, from Lincoln, Nebraska on August 10.

The crash occurred on Highway 79, five miles north of Bear Butte. Pittman admitted that he had several beers that day before the crash, when he crested a hill and plowed into the back of Bye’s motorcycle. Pittman fled the scene of the accident, and was eventually apprehended by police two days later.

Pittman’s record has several infractions on it, including a DUI conviction and several speeding incidents dating back to 1995.

Pittman faces a possible 10 years on prison when he is sentenced on January 30.

Each year the sheer volume of participants in the Sturgis Rally leads to inevitable accidents and occasionally deaths. While the statistics are understandable from the outside, a drunken hit-and-run brings home the dangers faced by motorcycle riders and the constant diligence required to avoid dangerous and deadly motorcycle accidents. It is encouraging to see justice done after so horrific an accident.

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