A 41-year-old Auburn man was critically injured and his passenger, an 11-year-old-girl, was injured when the motorcycle they were riding struck a deer on Highway 18 near Maple Valley on Sunday night.
The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle; His condition is unknown. The girl was taken to Valley Medical Center for treatment.
Every year there are over a million collisions with deer, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Deer collisions result in approximately 150 fatalities and 10,000 injuries. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable in a collision with a deer. In 85% of motorcycle-deer collisions, the motorcyclist is killed while only 2% of car-deer collisions result in a fatality to the motorist.
Washington state is one of the top 10 states with the highest motor vehicle-deer collision rate.
We wish both the motorcycle operator and his passenger a speedy recovery.
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