Two motorcycle riders injured but alive after hitting deer on Colorado Highway 13 |

Two motorcycle riders injured but alive after hitting deer on Colorado Highway 13

Colorado State Patrol responded to a motorcycle accident Friday afternoon on Colorado Highway 13 near milepost 59 in Moffat County, according to a press release issued by the agency.

Justin Watson, 38, of Sheridan, Wyoming, was driving a 2015 green Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Highway 13. Watson’s wife, Carissa Watson, 39, was riding on the motorcycle with him.

Approximately 14 miles north of Meeker, according to the release, a deer entered the roadway from the right side and collided with the right side of the motorcycle causing the motorcycle to roll onto its left side. Both riders were ejected from the motorcycle during the rollover.

Justin Watson was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig, while Carissa Watson was transported to Pioneer’s Hospital in Meeker. Both parties suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to State Patrol Sgt. Kirk Gardner.

Gardner added the couple was taken to two different hospitals because both hospitals responded to the accident.

“It was right there in the middle, so that’s why,” he said.

He noted that both riders were wearing ample protective gear, including helmets, protective leather clothing and gloves that helped prevent more significant injuries.

In the release, Colorado State Patrol added that all drivers should be alert for wildlife, watch for motorcycles, buckle up and avoid drinking and driving during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

“There’s a lot of people who will be traveling this weekend,” Gardner said.

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