COPY-Ala. woman dies in motorcycle crash in SD

Associated Press - August 14, 2010 5:44 PM ET

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An Alabama woman has been killed in a motorcycle crash near the entrance to Bear Country USA in Rapid City.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Joyce Helson of Huntsville, Ala., was a passenger on a motorcycle that was rear-ended Friday by another motorcycle.

The patrol says the drivers of Helson's motorcycle, 55-year-old Gary Helson, also of Huntsville, and the other bike, 21-year-old Matthew Schofield of Tehachapi, Calif., suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The patrol says Schofield faces charges.

The crash brings the patrol's official tally of deaths related the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to nine. At least 11 other deaths in South Dakota and Iowa are believed related to the rally, which runs through Sunday.

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