BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - A 28-year-old motorcyclist has irreversible brain damage and is now on a ventilator after he collided with a deer Sunday night, deputies said.
Mike Stewart was riding his motorcycle north on Route 4 South near milepost 14 when he hit the deer, according to authorities with the Benton County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said some nearby pedestrians were able to move the motorcycle that had landed on top of Stewart, and got it off him.
Medics arrived to find the victim unresponsive and took him to Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Stewart's family said he underwent emergency surgery, but efforts to help him were unsuccessful.
His family said he was an avid motorcycle rider. They said though he was wearing a helmet and protective gear, the impact with the deer left him with irreparable brain damage. His family says he will be an organ donor.
The Benton County Traffic unit is investigating the crash. Investigators do not believe Stewart was driving recklessly or speeding while heading to work.
Stewart is a Navy veteran and leaves behind his wife and two children. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Mike's family with funeral costs.