It was a good weekend for Americans, being a three-day holiday — but
a lousy weekend for deer. And the motorcyclists who hit them.
As summer approaches, the deer come out, sometimes in groups, and collisions with vehicles make this cute critter one of America’s most deadly animals.
In Wisconsin, two people on a
motorcycle were killed when their bike collided with a deer early on
Saturday morning. Both the 53-year-old man and the 51-year-old woman
were wearing helmets at the time.
In New York state, a couple from
Pennsylvania hit a deer at 10:30 on Saturday morning. The riders, in
their sixties, were not seriously hurt, though the woman did suffer a
broken arm. The deer did not survive.
An 18-year-old male from Darien, New
York, hit a deer about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, went off the road and struck
a telephone pole. He was killed.
In Pennsylvania, a 44-year-old man hit
a deer just after midnight on Sunday morning and was taken to hospital for
Deer have killed road-users in Canada, too, and the collisions reported above make it clear that it’s not just dusk and dawn — typically the times when deer are expected — that they’ll be found on the road. So be careful out there!