Motorcyclist injured after hitting deer in northern Jo Daviess County

Tire marks on road

APPLE RIVER, Illinois — A motorcyclist hit a deer on a two-lane highway, causing him to lose control of his bike.

It happened just south of the Wisconsin/Illinois border in rural Apple River, according to a statement from the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office. ┬áDeputies were called to East Stagecoach Trail, west of North Gabel Lane, at 8:54 p.m. Sunday, August 20.

The motorcyclist, 52-year-old Kevin T. Smith, was headed eastbound on East Stagecoach Trail when he “struck a deer on the roadway,” the statement said. ┬áSmith was taken via EMS to the Apple River Airport where he was then flown to the hospital for treatment.

No word on his condition.