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Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Collision with Deer - Highway 140E near Bly
10/23/2008
Sergeant Robert Fenner
Oregon State Police - Klamath Falls
Office: (541) 883-5713

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A Portland-area man was seriously injured Thursday morning when the motorcycle he was operating struck a deer and ejected him on Highway 140E about 3 miles east of Bly. A riding partner with the injured victim was not involved in the collision.
 
On October 23, 2008 at 10:20 a.m. a motorcycle operated by BRIAN FRID, age 65, from Portland, was on Highway 140E near milepost 57 when a deer ran directly in front from the left side of the highway. The motorcycle collided with the deer, ejecting FRID from the motorcycle. FRID was wearing a full face motorcycle helmet, protective motorcycle pants and coat, and he was seriously injured.
 
Oregon State Police troopers and emergency response units from Oregon Department of Transportation, Bly Ambulance, Lake County Ambulance and Mercy Flights responded. FRID was transported by Mercy Flights to Rouge Valley Medical Center in Medford.
 
The Oregon State Police and ODOT would like to remind all drivers of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. The following driving tips are offered as it relates to animal encounters on or near the highway:
  • Be attentive at all times, especially sunset to sunrise for any potential hazard on or near the highway.
  • When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
  • Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
  • When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
  • When driving a passenger vehicle, always wear your safety belt because any collision could result in serious injuries.