MOORE, Okla. - A Moore police officer is lucky to be alive after hitting a deer with his motorcycle early Monday morning.
The speed limit is 50 miles per hour on S.E. 149th street.
Around 5 a.m., Sergeant Brian Clarkston was riding his motorcycle to work at the Moore Police Department, when the unexpected happened.
"As he was coming up over a hill, a deer ran out in front of him, he hit it with a motorcycle, causing him to crash the motorcycle and hit the ground," said Sgt. Jeremy Lewis.
Clarkston was wearing a helmet but still got a concussion from the impact of the crash, plus cuts and bruises.
"He got pretty banged up, hit his face pretty good," Lewis said.
The officer’s wife and daughter were following close behind him, calling for help after he was thrown nearly 50 feet.
"Just the way he landed, he even said there's a good chance he would've gotten run over if they wouldn't have been there, because it knocked him unconscious," Lewis said.
Police said the Lake Draper area is protected from hunting deer, which means there are a lot of them out here.
Mix that population with the tree line and darkness, and it can be dangerous on the road.
"We encourage people, the safest thing to do is to hit the deer, not to swerve because, if you hit a tree, it's a lot worse than the deer," Lewis said.
A good reminder for motorcycle riders and drivers to understand wildlife can be unpredictable and to always be aware on the road.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, about 200 people die each year from wildlife collisions.
This time of the year can be especially dangerous - it’s mating season, and the deer are especially active.