Skagit County, WA- The Washington State Patrol responded to a serious injury motorcycle crash on Northbound I-5 near Bow Hill Road (MP 236-1) around 4:05 p.m. on July 25th, 2020.
According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, 53-year old Kurt Steder of Bellingham was traveling Northbound on Interstate 5 at Bow Hill Road on a black 2005 Yamaha XV1700 motorcycle when a deer ran from the right shoulder into the roadway. The motorcycle struck the deer and the Steder and his passenger, identified by Troopers as 50-year old Sandra Steder of Bellingham, were both ejected from the motorcycle. Troopers say the motorcycle and the deer both came to rest in the median and the motorcyclists came to rest blocking lane two.
Both victims were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham for treatment. Troopers say drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash and both riders were wearing US DOT Compliant Helmets. The motorcycle was totaled and impounded to Carl’s Towing of Burlington.
The cause of the crash is “Traffic Hazard” and no charges are pending. The deer died as a result of the collision.