A man on a motorcycle was struck by a deer Wednesday, Oct. 31, after the animal ran onto an Interstate 280 exit ramp and into the vehicle, Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Niles Broussard said.
The accident occurred during rush hour at 8:54 a.m. as the driver was headed northbound on 280 at Page Mill Road. The man was about halfway up the off ramp when the deer ran into the road and struck the motorcycle's front wheel, Broussard said. The man was thrown onto the ground and he received minor injuries. He was transported to the hospital by paramedics.
The deer did not survive.
In December biologists from UC Davis's Road Ecology Center and the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) began an 18-month study of deer movements across 280 in San Mateo County along a 13-mile stretch of freeway between Millbrae and Woodside. The researchers aim to find ways to construct deer passageways or barriers to the movements.
Between January 2001 and December 2010, there were 928 reported automobile collisions with deer in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to Melanie Brent, Caltrans District 4 deputy district director for environmental planning and engineering, which is funding the study.