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August 26, 2013

AuSable Forks man injured in motorcycle accident

AUSABLE — An AuSable Forks man seriously injured his foot in an Aug. 20 motorcycle accident involving a deer.

Shortly before 8:32 p.m. on Aug. 20, Jerome M. Beck, 64, was driving a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Route 9N in the Town of AuSable when a deer entered the roadway from the north shoulder and Beck’s motorcycle and the animal collided, said Plattsburgh-based State Police Sgt. April Strack.

It was unknown whether the deer ran into Beck’s motorcycle or if the motorcycle struck the deer, Strack said.

“We don’t know exactly what caused the accident,” she said, adding that the speed limit at the site of the accident is 55 mph.

Beck’s right foot was crushed in the accident and he was initially taken to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh before being transferred that night to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., Strack said.

“They were going to attempt to save his foot,” she said. “The foot still had blood flow to it.”

Beck also suffered an open compound fracture of both bones in his right leg, Strack said.

Beck’s motorcycle, which was demolished, was towed to the Plattsburgh barracks.

He was listed in stable condition at Fletcher Allen Sunday afternoon. 

The deer died on impact, Strack said, and the New York State Department of Transportation removed its carcass from the road.

Police are not aware of any suspicious or criminal activity that may have contributed to the crash, she said.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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