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Motorcycle Rider Killed in Crash With Deer in Grants Pass

One man is dead after apparently hitting a deer with his motorcycle early Tuesday morning.

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 11:23 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass man is dead after hitting a deer with his motorcycle on Highway 260 near milepost 10.5, according to the Oregon State Police (OSP).

Dispatch received calls about the crash around 2:10 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Troopers arrived to find the crashed motorcycle, the rider dead at the scene, and a dead deer nearby.

Investigators believe that 36-year-old Donald P. Hoak was riding his 2001 Suzuki motorcycle north on Highway 260 when he struck a deer in the northbound lane. Hoak then lost control of the motorcycle and crashed.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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