Jeffrey Herrick, 49, of Colchester was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened at East 775th Street south of Fandon. Although rescue crews were called at 6:35 a.m., the accident may have occurred earlier.
McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said the motorcycle was northbound when it struck the deer.
Herrick was not wearing a helmet, said McDonough County Coroner Eric Jameson.
An August 12 Press Release from Western Illinois University, Herrick’s employer, can be found at “WIU Mourns Death of PP Employee.”
Additional details can be found in the Peoria Journal Star of August 12 in an article titled “WIU employee killed in motorcycle accident.”