On Saturday, May 12, 2012, a serious crash occurred along U.S. Highway 385 near Pactola Lake in South Dakota. At 1:38 p.m., eight motorcycles were riding south on U.S. Highway 385 when 45-year-old Stacey Darling of Rapid City crashed into the motorcycle driven by 46-year-old Jeffrey Schreter, also of Rapid City.
According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Darling was riding with the other motorcyclists when she became distracted, drifted into the right part of the lane and hit a curb near a hidden exit to a scenic overlook. Darling was thrown from her motorcycle, which then slid into Schreter’s motorcycle. Trooper Michael Dale indicated that Darling slid across U.S. Highway 385 and stopped in the middle of the road. Schreter was riding next to Darling at the time of the accident.
Emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene and Darling was flown by helicopter to Rapid City Regional Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition. Schreter was transported to the hospital by ambulance, where he was treated for minor injuries and released that day.
Neither rider was wearing a helmet. Charges are currently pending against Darling for failure to maintain proper lane. Police reported that alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.
Within the last year and a half, troopers have investigated five motor vehicle crashes within the two-mile stretch where the crash occurred.
We would like to extend our thoughts for a full and quick recovery to the motorcyclist, Stacey Darling, who was injured in this crash.