Motorcyclist run over by vehicle after cycle strikes deer

LAUREL – Delaware State Police report a 45-year-old Laurel man died Sunday night when he was run over by a vehicle after his motorcycle struck a deer on Del. 24 east of Laurel.

Investigation revealed Brian E. Davis of Laurel was operating a 2009 Honda VC7 motorcycle on De. 24 just west of Christ Church Road when a small doe entered the roadway, directly into the path of the motorcycle, state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

The front of the motorcycle struck the deer, causing the motorcycle to fall over on the right side and slide, still entangled with the deer.

The impact ejected Mr. Davis from his motorcycle onto the roadway into the path of an oncoming 2008 Ford Mustang operated by Sarah A. Sturgis, 38, of Frankford.

Ms. Sturgis failed to see the motorcyclist in the roadway and subsequently ran over him, said Cpl. Fournier.

The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m.

Mr. Davis, who was wearing an approved DOT helmet, was taken by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, Cpl. Fournier said.

Ms. Sturgis and her two passengers, a 24-year-old woman and a 9-year-old girl, were all properly restrained and were uninjured.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident.  Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor for either operator in this case, Cpl. Fournier said.

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