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post #1 of 9 Old Jul 3rd, 2009, 9:27 pm Thread Starter
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Following report in Abilene, TX newspaper


A Mitchell County Justice of the Peace was killed late Wednesday or early Thursday when his motorcycle hit a deer on Farm Road 821.

Pat Taylor, 50, was riding his 2003 Suzuki motorcycle home from a meeting in Big Spring Wednesday evening, Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs said.

Taylor was wearing a helmet but was thrown from the motorcycle when he apparently swerved to miss the deer but couldn’t avoid it, according to reports from the Department of Public Safety, which is investigating the crash. Taylor was very conscientious about motorcycle safety and always wore a helmet and jacket to ride, Toombs said.

His body was found early Thursday morning by an oil field employee on his way to work, Toombs said. He was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning by Howard County Justice of the Peace Bennie Green. FM 821 is south of Interstate 20 between Colorado City and Big Spring in Howard County.

Taylor joined the Colorado City Police Department in July 1982, according to Reporter-News archives. Taylor was appointed chief in 1997, succeeding David Montgomery, newspaper clippings show.

He stepped down as chief to work as an investigator in the department before retiring last year to become a JP, said Toombs.

“He’s done an excellent job (as JP),” Toombs said. “I was glad to work with him. He was doing real good.”

Mitchell County Judge Ray Mayo said Taylor’s death came as a shock to the community.

“It’s a big shock ... he was a well-thought-of individual in the community,” said Mayo, who knew Taylor for more than 20 years. “I worked with him (Wednesday) and when I said ‘goodbye,’ I expected to see him (Thursday). It’s just a tragedy.”

Taylor is survived by two adult children, a daughter who lives in Bowie and a son who lives in New Zealand, Toombs said.

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RIP Taylor

Advice to all...I've learned the best way to avoid a deer strike is to avoid driving where there are lots of deer at night. At night is when the deer are out looking for food. And keep the speed down. Very sad about Taylor.
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Whenever possible, file a "flight plan".... and follow it.

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RIP Taylor

Advice to all...I've learned the best way to avoid a deer strike is to avoid driving where there are lots of deer at night. At night is when the deer are out looking for food. And keep the speed down. Very sad about Taylor.
Here in Alabama I have had several near misses during mid-day.

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Peace and blessings to his family and friends. I notice the write up states that he swerved to avoid the deer but was unable to do so. I have ridden and driven Highway 131 from Steamboat Springs to Wolcott (Vail area) hundreds of times and have seen hundreds of deer, elk and various other wildlife on and about the road. I am fully convinced that swerving is about the worst thing you can do. Deer are particulary unpredictable and as soon as you swerve they may cut right back into your path. Always keep in mind that if there is one deer crossing there is probably another waiting to follow. I believe it is preferable to maintain your line and thus maximum control and brake to miss them or at least slow the impact speed. Worthless or not, I have also run deer warning whistles.

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Peace and blessings to his family and friends. I notice the write up states that he swerved to avoid the deer but was unable to do so. I have ridden and driven Highway 131 from Steamboat Springs to Wolcott (Vail area) hundreds of times and have seen hundreds of deer, elk and various other wildlife on and about the road. I am fully convinced that swerving is about the worst thing you can do. Deer are particulary unpredictable and as soon as you swerve they may cut right back into your path. Always keep in mind that if there is one deer crossing there is probably another waiting to follow. I believe it is preferable to maintain your line and thus maximum control and brake to miss them or at least slow the impact speed. Worthless or not, I have also run deer warning whistles.
I agree with you on straight line maximum braking. Saved my a$$ the other morning with two deers. What I disagree with is the deer whistles. The only time I hit a deer was with those on a motorcycle. I believe that the whistles "spook" the deer and causes them to run. Just my 2 cent worth.

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Sorry to hear about the JP, and his accident. Prayers going out to his family for their loss.

NEVER attepmt to swerve around a deer. I was flammed big time by this opinion a couple of years ago on this forum, but as you can see, my opinion has not changed... If you can brake, do so of course - in a straight line. Should there be a deer strike, your motorcycle can help go through the deer much like a fullback through a small defensive back.

If you are turning, the first thing that happens is you are thrown.

What happens when hitting a deer, while turning? Clicky Clicky

What about hitting a deer while going straight?? Clicky Clicky

OK flammers - no, I am not talking about Moose, Elk, or elephants, but deer; even a dog can send a bike flying.

With deer - go as straight as possible.

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I absolutely AGREE .... if your destined to impact an animal, do so having the force of the impact be as square to the direction of travel.
Any side loading of the impact will cause a sideways ejection of the rider from the bike.

Like hell if I am going to practice this !! .... being I have already done it !
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Sorry to hear about the JP, and his accident. Prayers going out to his family for their loss.

NEVER attepmt to swerve around a deer. I was flammed big time by this opinion a couple of years ago on this forum, but as you can see, my opinion has not changed... If you can brake, do so of course - in a straight line. Should there be a deer strike, your motorcycle can help go through the deer much like a fullback through a small defensive back.

If you are turning, the first thing that happens is you are thrown.

What happens when hitting a deer, while turning? Clicky Clicky

What about hitting a deer while going straight?? Clicky Clicky

OK flammers - no, I am not talking about Moose, Elk, or elephants, but deer; even a dog can send a bike flying.

With deer - go as straight as possible.

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Re: Motorcyclist killed in deer strike

Greetings.

Here in Australia we have the exact same problem only with a different species. We have the kangaroo that loves to feed in the early morning and early evening. You hit one of these you stay down for good.

Cheers to all and condolences to the family.

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