Motorcyclist 'a little bit lucky' in deer mishap


A Rifle woman who collided with a deer while riding a motorcycle was "a little bit lucky and must have done something right," according to the Colorado State Patrol trooper who investigated the accident.

Deborah Petree, 48, hit a deer Tuesday night on Colorado Highway 13 about 23 miles south of Craig.

Cpl. Brian Bagley responded to the accident. Most motorcycle collisions with deer are serious or fatal, but Petree escaped her accident with only minor injuries, Bagley reported.

"The best thing she did happened before she even started to drive, and that was to put on a helmet," Bagley wrote in a report.

"There were some noticeable scratches and gouges on her helmet which otherwise would have been scratches and gouges on her head," he wrote.

The motorcycle crashed into a deer that was crossing the highway. Petree's Honda Shadow slid a relatively short distance, which indicated Petree was driving at a slow to moderate speed, Bagley reported.

The fact that she was not going too fast when the crash occurred, combined with the protection of the helmet, likely saved her from serious injury, the state trooper reported.

Petree was transported to The Memorial Hospital by ambulance, where she was treated for minor injuries. A witness said the deer was knocked down but got up and ran off.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or

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