Report: Janklow driving up to 75 mph

| 8/22/2003

U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow was driving an estimated 70 mph to 75 mph on a county road where the speed limit is 55 mph when he ran a stop sign and collided with a motorcycle on Saturday, killing the biker, according to a South Dakota Highway Patrol report quoted by The Associated Press.

A motorcycle driven by Randolph E. Scott of Hardwick, MN, crashed into Janklow's car, which spun around and ended up in the southwest ditch at the edge of a soybean field.

Scott was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in a soybean field. His bike went into the ditch. He died at the scene.

The motorcycle was going 55 mph to 60 mph at the time of the crash, the accident report said.

The report also says neither man had been drinking.

Highway Patrol officials said Wednesday the report would be given to William Ellingson, Moody County state's attorney.

In a statement, Ellingson said he would continue to keep the public informed of the investigation and the status of any charges. But test results, the identity or testimony of witnesses, physical evidence and other information that could be introduced at a trial won't be released, he said.

The accident report also confirmed that Scott was not wearing a helmet. Helmets are not required in South Dakota for adult motorcyclists.

Reckless driving carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Vehicular homicide can be charged only if drugs or alcohol are involved. It carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Second-degree manslaughter can be charged if evidence shows that a death was the result of recklessness. It is punishable by a 10-year prison term and $10,000 fine.