Sarasota Motorcyclist Dies After Deer Causes Multi-Vehicle Crash With FHP Trooper

Manatee County - Florida Highway Patrol has reported that a motorcyclists traveling south on Interstate 75 had a fatal crash after encountering a deer.

The crash occurred Tuesday evening, as a 50-year-old man from Sarasota was traveling south on Interstate 75 in Manatee County after dark, followed by another vehicle further behind. Additionally traveling further bhind the second vehicle was a marked Florida Highway Patrol Vehicle.

As the motorcyclist approached mile-marker 232 a deer entered the roadway. The surprised motorcyclist was unable to avoid a collision and collided with the large animal at speed.

After the impact with the deer, the motorcyclist was separated from his motorcycle and was thrown onto the pavement near the shoulder of the highway. The downed motorcyclist remained in the southbound travel lanes, while the deer came to rest on the right shoulder of the Interstate.

The second vehicle was that was following behind the downed motorcyclist was unable to avoid striking the downed man on the pavement.

The marked FHP vehicle further behind was also taken by surprise in the dark conditions and also collided with the injured motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident by first responders. Currently, this accident is being investigated by local authorities and it is unclear whether charges will be filed in connection with this accident. The initial report does not yet state if the motorcyclist died as a result of the initial collision with the deer or if the vehicle impacts caused his death after the initial accident.

While no one can prepare for every situation we urge all drivers to always stay alert and be aware of what is going on in and around the road. The faster the speeds are the more the stakes are increased for all involved.

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