As many as 600,000 bikers are expected for this year’s rally. Public safety officials are asking everyone to stay alert and reminding other motorists to wear seat belts.
One motorcyclist has been killed at the event so far this year, when “he failed to negotiate a curve on a 2008 Harley Davidson. The bike slid off the road and down an embankment. He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The most deadly rally in recent years was the 75th anniversary event in 2015, which drew a record 739,000 bikers and had 14 fatalities. In addition to the deaths, 235 people were injured in motorcycle crashes that year.