Motorcyclist Dies After Hitting Deer In Amboy, Illinois

Motorcycle accidents which involve the motorcycle striking deer – or swerving to avoid such deer – while not common, do happen.  There have been several instances in recent years in which a motorcyclist – and in some cases, motorcycle passenger – have been seriously injured if not killed by motorcycle accidents involving deer.  The subject of such accidents – and steps to avoid such accidents – is further discussed on the “Road Hazards – Deer” page.

There was a motorcycle accident on Friday night (July 8, 2016) in Amboy (Lee County) in which a motorcycle collision with a deer led to a subsequent fatal accident.

The fatal accident is discussed in numerous media sources, including the July 9, 2016 article titled “Illinois man dead after motorcycle accident in Amboy” as well as the July 9 article titled “Motorcyclist Thrown from Bike and Hit By Semi Dies.”

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the motorcycle accident happened on Route 26 at McGinty Road at approximately 9:15 p.m., as a motorcycle with passenger was traveling northbound.  At that time, the motorcycle struck a deer.  The motorcyclist and passenger were both ejected from the motorcycle.  The motorcyclist was then struck by a semi truck that was traveling behind them.

The motorcyclist, identified as Justin Hopson, 36, from Ohio, Illinois, died at the accident scene.

The passenger, identified as Eva Hopson, 30, was taken to a hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.

This accident continues to be under investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including those mentioned above.


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