08-27-2003

03NR26 - ABATE of South Dakota Monitors Janklow Accident Investigation

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August 27, 2003

#03NR26 - ABATE of South Dakota Monitors Janklow Accident Investigation

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation joins its South Dakota partner, ABATE of South Dakota, in expressing grave concern over the recent accident involving U.S. Representative William Janklow that took the life of motorcyclist Randolph Scott, as well as the findings of the accident report the South Dakota State Highway Patrol has delivered to Moody County State's Attorney Bill Ellingson.

According to KELO-TV, Mr. Ellingson stated Tuesday, August 19, that "preliminary reports that I have received indicate that the vehicle being driven by [U.S.] Representative Janklow did not stop at the stop sign at MC#13 but had proceeded through the stop sign traveling at a speed yet to be determined... Congressman Janklow's vehicle traveled about 300 feet after impact."

On August 21, the South Dakota Highway Patrol reported that the car was being driven 15 to 20 miles in excess of the posted 55 mph speed limit. The collision on Route 13 in Moody County, South Dakota, claimed the life of Randolph Scott, a motorcyclist from Hardwick, Minnesota. The state patrol reported that Scott was traveling between 55 and 60 mph.

"We are monitoring the situation closely," reports Darrel Killion, State Coordinator for ABATE of South Dakota. "At present, we believe the investigation and resulting deliberations regarding charges are proceeding in accordance with the laws of South Dakota, and we have seen nothing that would suggest otherwise. Our officials are fully aware of the significance of the decisions they must make regarding this incident."

"We appreciate the concern and support of motorcyclists nationwide, but ask that you allow our state's legal process to work and hold off on any letters, e-mails or phone calls until we know what direction the state's attorney will take," Killion continues. "Unnecessarily contacting our officials could potentially hamper the process, and may even lead to political difficulties for motorcyclists in our state and ABATE of South Dakota in the future."

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