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Deer Accident Kills Woman In Motorcycle Crash

Motorcycles, due to their nature of being non-closed-in vehicles, are inherently more dangerous than other vehicles. Their smaller size also makes them significantly less visible than other vehicles on the road. Additionally, motorcycles are more vulnerable to weather and other road hazard than four-wheeled vehicles. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 5,286 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2016. This number rose 5.9% from 5,029 people in 2015. This marks the second year in a row that motorcycle fatalities increased. This number also put fatal motorcycle crashes at its highest level since 2008. In 2017, only 65% of all motorcycle operators wore helmets.

The Bennington Banner reports that a Hoosick woman was killed in a motorcycle crash. The crash occurred last Tuesday evening on Clay Hill Road. 66-year-old Mary Eddy was a passenger on a 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle being operated by Kirk Vonhaggin, who is 55 years of age. Vonhaggin was heading northeast along Clay Hill Road when a deer entered the roadway. Vonhaggin struck the deer according to Troop G of the New York State Police.

Both Vonhaggin and Eddy were ejected from the motorcycle on impact. Eddy was pronounced dead at the scene. Vonhaggin was transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment. Vonhaggin’s injuries were believed not to be life-threatening. Rescue personnel and uniformed troopers all reported to the scene, including vehicles from the town of Hoosick Rescue Squad and Mohawk Ambulance.

The crash is still under investigation.

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