Motorcyclist crashes trying to avoid a deer

Motorcyclist crashes trying to avoid a deer

Credit: Newport News Police Dept.

Police say the driver of this motorcycle was hurt trying to avoid a deer that was crossing the road.

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 12:50 PM

NEWPORT NEWS-A motorcyclist was hurt when he crashed trying to avoid a deer.  

Police say it happened around 8:10 p.m. Sunday on Jefferson Avenue at the eastbound on ramp to I-64 in Newport News.

Spokesman Lou Thurston told WVEC.com that the 29-year-old biker from Carrollton was thrown off his bike.   He was taken to to the hospital for treatment and then issued a summons for not having a motorcycle operator’s license, Thurston added.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says this is prime time for drivers and deer to collide. Fall is the breeding season for deer, making them more active now than at any other time of the year.

Wildlife officials say nearly two-thirds of all deer-vehicle collisions occur in the months of October, November and December, so they recommend you slow down when driving at dusk and dawn, the times that deer are on the move.

They also warn that if you see one deer, there are likely others coming close behind and they usually travel in the same areas.

If you can avoid a deer safely, do so, but drivers shouldn't swerve out of the lane to miss a deer. A collision with another vehicle, tree or other object is likely to be more serious than hitting a deer, according to VDGIF officials.

Katie M. from Moyock, North Carolina emailed 13News Now a photo of a bear that her family found in a ditch along Tulls Creek Road.

She wrote, "For the past two weeks, my parents have heard him late at night in my back yard. I just thought they were hearing things. Well this morning we woke up and found the pour guy in the ditch dead! People need to slow down and take caution."

Wildlife officials say, like deer, bears are most active at dawn or dusk.

 

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