TRI-CITIES, Wash. — First responders are warning drivers about deer and elk on the roads.
Twenty-eight-year-old Mike Stewart was riding his motorcycle in Benton County last weekend when a deer darted out in front of him. He hit the deer and tragically died.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Thorson says these deaths aren't always preventable, but as it gets darker earlier, and it's harder to see the animals lurking on the side of the road, there are some tips drivers can keep in mind.
"If you're able to stop in time, our suggestion is to do straight line braking. Try not to swerve. A lot of times people swerve and end up getting into the ditch and rolling their car. And they don't even hit the animal,” Trooper Thorson said.
Thorson says pay attention while you're behind the wheel and always be looking far ahead down the road. He also says make sure you drive with your headlights on.
If you do hit a deer, pull over and call 911, Thorson said.