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Alfalfa County, Oklahoma — May 22, 2013

A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday in an accident with a deer on Oklahoma State Route 11 near the town of Jet according to state police.

A resident of Arkansas City, Kansas, 38-year-old Brandon E. Roebuck, was riding a 2005 Harley-Davidson eastbound when a deer ran in front of him at 1:45 a.m. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol stated he lest control, slid into a ditch, and was thrown from the bike.

Mr. Roebuck was not wearing a helmet and was taken to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center before dying at a Wichita, Kansas hospital.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per vehicle mile traveled in 2007, motorcyclists were about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 9 times more likely to be injured.

 

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