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Motorcyclist hospitalized after collision with deer

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkA motorcyclist and a deer collided on U.S. Highway 6 between Dillon and Summit Cove Sunday afternoon shortly before 2 p.m. The deer was killed instantly and the motorcyclist was taken away in an ambulance.

DILLON – A hunter could have considered the deer a coup. But the motorcyclist who killed it instantly was lucky to escape with his life.Summit County resident Frank Baker was hospitalized after slamming into a 350-pound, five-point deer buck with his Harley-Davidson motorcycle Sunday afternoon, according to Dillon Police Sgt. Wendy Kipple.

Kipple said Baker was eastbound on Highway 6 at about 2 p.m. Sunday when the buck jumped out in front of him between Cemetery Road and Roberts Tunnel Road on the highway stretch between Dillon and Summit Cove.She said Baker didn’t have time to react and broadsided the deer, breaking its back and killing it instantly.Baker was treated and released from the Summit Medical Center. Kipple said he was wearing a helmet and a Kevlar driving suit, which probably saved his life.

The third limited rifle season for elk and deer ended last Friday, along with the third unlimited rifle season for elk.The fourth limited rifle season for elk and deer and the fourth unlimited season for elk continues until Wednesday.

– Nicole Formosa

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