Motorcyclist critically injured after collision with deer

STEUBEN CO. – The Indiana State Police are investigating a serious crash between a deer and a motorcyclist that sent a man to the hospital with critical injuries last night in Steuben County.

At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Friday, November 5th, the Indiana State Police responded to a serious crash involving a motorcycle on North Fremont Road, just south of County Road 800 North in Steuben County. 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Hernandez and Sgt. Lazoff indicates that 44-year-old Johnathan Annis, of Montgomery, MI was riding his 1997 Harley Davison south in the 7800 block of North Fremont Road when a deer ran into the path of his Harley Davidson motorcycle.  Annis was not able to avoid the deer and collided with it. 

The collision caused Annis to lose control of the motorcycle and he was thrown from the bike.  Annis was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. 

Annis was airlifted from the scene and flown to Parkview North Hospital in Ft. Wayne, with critical, and potentially life-threatening, injuries. 

This is an ongoing investigation.  Alcohol or drugs are not believed to be factors in this crash.