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Motorcyclist badly hurt after hitting deer in Becker County

DETROIT LAKES — A 54-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a deer in Becker County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The crash happened shortly before 1 p.m. Friday, July 14, on U.S. Highway 10 near Long Lake Road in Detroit Lakes.

The patrol said Charles Francis Willette, of Lake Park, Minn., was westbound when three deer ran across the highway. The motorcycle collided with one deer, and both the motorcycle and deer went into the north ditch.

The patrol said Willette was not wearing a helmet. He was taken to Detroit Lakes Hospital to be treated for his for injuries.