After the Sturgis motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota ended, the South Dakota Highway Patrol reported four fatal accidents, with three that occurred in Sturgis and one that happened in Rapid City. According to Rapid City Journal, police were asking for help in locating the perpetrator of one of the fatal motorcycle accidents that occurred north of Bear Butte, and their appeal to the public brought Robert Pittman, a Rapid City man, into custody.
Brian Bye, from Lincoln, Nebraska, was riding on his motorcycle on S.D. Highway 79 when a car hit him from behind. Though both the car and the motorcycle drove into a ditch, the car quickly left the scene of the crime. Witnesses saw a red Honda that was driving at high speeds and weaving in and out of traffic, until the car struck Bye’s motorcycle. Charges already on Pittman’s driving record include speeding at 30 mph over the speed limit and exhibition driving.
Pittman faces a second-degree manslaughter charge and fatal hit-and-run charge for his crimes against the biker.
In addition to the fatalities reported from the motorcycle rally, South Dakota police have tallied 74 injury accidents, up from 54 accidents in 2010.
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