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
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.
was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in a soybean field. His
bike went into the ditch. He died at the scene.
motorcycle was going 55 mph to 60 mph at the time of the crash,
the accident report said.
report also says neither man had been drinking.
Patrol officials said Wednesday the report would be given to William
Ellingson, Moody County state's attorney.
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.
accident report also confirmed that Scott was not wearing a helmet.
Helmets are not required in South Dakota for adult motorcyclists.
driving carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000
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