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Two Injured in Motorcycle vs. Deer Crash in Kittitas County

RONALD – In a sobering reminder of the hazards posed by wildlife on rural roads, two individuals were injured this morning in a motorcycle accident involving a deer near Salmon Lake Sac Road and Lake Forrest, north of Ronald, close to the eastern shore of Cle Elum Lake. The incident has once again highlighted the dangers that deer and other animals present to motorists.

The Incident

Early this morning, a motorcycle traveling near Salmon Lake Sac Road collided with a baby deer. The impact of the collision caused the motorcycle to crash, resulting in injuries to both riders. The accident underscores the unpredictable nature of rural roads and the ever-present risk of wildlife encounters.

Emergency Response

District 6, Upper Kittitas County Medic One, and the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) were quick to respond to the scene. Their prompt actions ensured that the victims received immediate medical attention. Both adults involved in the accident were transported to Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) for further evaluation and treatment.

Injuries and Outcome

Fortunately, despite the severity of the crash, the riders were reported to be extremely lucky, avoiding life-threatening injuries. The quick response from emergency services played a crucial role in providing the necessary care and stabilizing the victims. However, the baby deer involved in the collision did not survive, adding a tragic element to the incident.

The Dangers of Wildlife on Roads

This accident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers that wildlife can pose to motorists, especially in rural areas like Kittitas County. Deer and other animals often cross roads unexpectedly, creating hazardous situations for drivers. Motorcyclists, in particular, are at a higher risk due to the lack of protective barriers that a car provides.

Safety Tips for Motorists

To minimize the risk of wildlife-related accidents, motorists are encouraged to follow these safety tips:

  • Stay Alert: Keep an eye out for wildlife, especially during dawn and dusk when animals are most active.
  • Reduce Speed: Drive at a safe speed that allows you to react quickly if an animal suddenly appears.
  • Use High Beams: When driving at night, use high beams when possible to spot animals from a distance.
  • Be Cautious in Known Wildlife Areas: Slow down and be extra vigilant in areas known for high wildlife activity.


The motorcycle vs. deer crash near Ronald, Washington, highlights the importance of awareness and caution while driving on rural roads. The injuries sustained by the riders, though not life-threatening, serve as a reminder of the potential dangers that wildlife can pose. By staying alert and following safety precautions, motorists can help reduce the risk of such accidents and ensure safer travels for all.

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