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Bike Week: Record-High Death Toll Rises to 20

1:02 PM, Mar 17, 2006   |    comments
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (AP) -- The record-high death toll from this year's Bike Week festival in Daytona Beach is now at 20. Another hospitalized motorcyclist involved in a crash has died. Jerry Bolding of Fountain, South Carolina, was hurt March ninth when his bike hit the back of another motorcycle slowing for traffic. Bolding flew from the motorcycle and hit his head on the pavement. He died Tuesday at the hospital. The previously reported total of 18 deaths also did not include Richard Germain of New Hampshire, who was run over by another motorcyclist after crossing a double line to pass a truck. Florida Highway Patrol trooper Kim Miller says sunny weather and scattered biker venues put more riders on faster highways and in more dangerous spots. The 20 fatalities may rank as one of the highest ever nationwide for a city's bike week. In Sturgis, South Dakota, the worst year was 2004, when 13 riders died. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a back-to-back Harley rally and Black Bike Week saw its highest total in 2003, when 13 people died.

Associated Press

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