- (Originally posted on The Motorcycle Tourer's Forum 8/11 by nextmoran)
It was on hwy 46 somewhere south of Lava Lake (our last stop prior to the encounter), probably around Crane Prairie Lake. We rounded a wide sweeping bend going south...having great fun on the road...and we saw a half dozen cars in the oncoming lane stopped somewhat haphazardly across the highway, so we slowed down.
As we got closer saw a dead deer on the right side. As I prepared to stop, a citizen flagged us down. She said a biker struck a deer, and went down. I asked if he was OK, and she said he was definitly gone. She said emergency services was on the way. I slowly drove past, and saw what looked like a Harley softail on it's side and, the body very close by. Didn't think we could help further, so we went on our way. My riding buddy (behind me), an Army Vet, said he took a closer look to ensure there wasn't anything he could do (CPR, etc) and, I won't go into details about what he saw, but there was no hope for the guy.
The curious thing is, the deer, the bike, and the body were all directly across the road from each other. You would think in an accident like this, something would end up many yards up or down the road. I doubt anything was moved as we saw it. We didn't think to look for skid marks, but don't remember any.
At any rate, it was a very sobering experience for us. We had only seen one deer earlier that morning about 40 miles back, and this unfortunate soul must have had one jump right in front of him. We would like to know who he was...(the people there didn't know yet), and maybe pass on our best wishes to his next of kin.
(Posted on November 6, 2006, 11:23 am easy_rider_1953)
- Hello, I am Katrin Andresen from Germany. I am the daughter of the mentioned motorcyclist. My family and I obtained only very few information on the accident up to the present date. We are very thankful if there are witnesses of the accident who can tell something to us. Or perhaps there is somebody who talked to him shortly before. Please contact us.
Many thanks! (Posted on November 6, 2006, 11:23 am Katrin Andresen)