Prosecutor: Janklow ran stop sign

| 8/20/2003

Rep. Bill Janklow, R-SD, ran a stop sign before his Cadillac and a motorcycle collided at a rural intersection Saturday, killing the motorcycle driver, a prosecutor said Aug. 19.

Investigators still have not determined how fast Janklow was driving, Moody County State's Attorney William Ellingson said in an Associated Press report.

Randolph E. Scott, 55, of Hardwick, MN, died when his motorcycle collided with Janklow's car near Trent, SD.

Authorities are talking to five witnesses as they investigate the crash, South Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Jeff Talbot said Aug. 18. One of the witnesses is a second motorcyclist who was traveling with Scott.

Talbot also said Janklow's 1995 Cadillac had a “black box,” which records information such as how fast the car was going and whether the brakes were applied. Janklow, 63, was not given a ticket at the scene, Talbot said.

Janklow, a first-term congressman, was on his way home to Brandon, SD, after attending an event in Aberdeen to honor Korean War veterans. He was South Dakota's governor from 1979 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 2003.