Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Motorcyclist injured in accident with deer

Incident occurred south of Stanley on Highway 75


By JASON KAUFFMAN
Express Staff Writer

A motorcyclist riding south on state Highway 75 near Stanley late in the day on Saturday struck a young mule deer buck and subsequently crashed.

According to an Idaho Mountain Express reporter on the scene, the middle-aged man was riding near milepost 182 around 8:30 p.m. when the deer rushed onto the roadway, causing the accident. The reporter, who was seated in a vehicle that was directly ahead of the motorcyclist, said the collision caused the rider to swerve off the highway and into a roadside ditch.

Coming to rest, the motorcycle reportedly fell on top of the man. The impact killed the deer.

A Custer County Sheriff's Deputy was among the first emergency responders to arrive at the scene of the accident. Calls to the officer for additional information were not returned in time for this article.

Amateur HAM radio operators were the first to alert authorities that the accident had occurred.

The motorcyclist, who was reportedly riding without a helmet, received non-life-threatening injuries to his head as well as his right side and arm. The man was transported to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center by ambulance staff stationed in Stanley.

Jason Kauffman: jkauffman@mtexpress.com




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