CEDAR CITY – A 53-year-old man remains in critical condition Sunday after he hit a deer while on his motorcycle Saturday night.
At around 11:45 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol troopers were called out to the scene on state Route 56 at milepost 43.5 near Iron Springs Road, where they found the man unconscious and unresponsive, Trooper Bambi Baie said.
The man was immediately airlifted to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George where he remains unconscious.
The man was traveling west when he went around the corner and slammed into the deer that was, authorities said, apparently standing in the middle of the lane.
“He didn’t see it. He came around the corner and there it was – smack dab in the middle of the travel lane,” Baie said. “He didn’t have time to even slam on his brakes before he hit that deer. There weren’t even any skid marks.”
The man is from Kansas and may not have known deer are everywhere on that road this time of year.
“I’m sure he didn’t know that it’s not safe this time of year to driver a motorcycle out on that road at night,” Baie said. “I wouldn’t do it.”
Baie cautioned motorists to be alert and aware when driving anywhere in the county during this season as the deer are moving lower and coming up on the roads and highways.
There was a motorcycle helmet on scene. However, Baie said, authorities are not sure whether the man was wearing it at the time of the crash.
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