Motorcyclist in serious condition after hitting deer on Highway 49 |

Motorcyclist in serious condition after hitting deer on Highway 49

An Oregon man is in serious condition Tuesday after hitting a deer while riding his motorcycle on Highway 49 in Nevada City late Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Gerald Coleman, 52, and Cindy Coleman, 56, both of Roseberg, Ore., were riding a 2005 BMW GS1200 south on the highway near the Eric W. Rood Administrative Center. At about 6:34 p.m., a deer apparently crossed the road from west to east directly in front of the bike, the CHP reported.

“The motorcyclist did not have any time to react,” according to the accident report by Officer Morffi. “The motorcycle went down onto its left side and slid for approximately 133 feet.”

The Colemans, who were traveling at 55 mph, flew off the bike and hit the pavement. Gerald Coleman was listed has sustaining major injuries and Cindy Coleman sustained moderate injuries, the CHP reported late Monday.

A CHP helicopter arrived and illuminated the area while first responders attended to the Colemans, CHP Sgt. Dee Lavrador said.

Gerald Coleman was flown by CalStar to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he is in serious condition today, hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery said.

Cindy Coleman was taken to the hospital by Sierra Nevada Ambulance, and she is in fair condition, Montgomery said.

Highway 49 was closed for about half an hour, and Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies handled traffic, Lavrador said. The deer was killed.


To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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