HUDSON, Wis. — A New Richmond, Wis., man died Friday at a St. Paul hospital from injuries he suffered when the motorcycle he was driving apparently struck a deer Thursday in Cylon, Wis., according to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities identified the victim as 46-year-old Richard J. Slade. Slade was transported by LifeLink helicopter to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with serious injuries, the SCCSO said.
Slade’s death was the second traffic fatality in two days in St. Croix County last week. An 84-year-old Roberts, Wis., woman was struck and killed in a Sept. 19 hit-and-run accident in Warren. The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim was located and and arrested in Hudson later that day.
Sheriff’s office investigators said evidence at the scene of Thursday’s accident on CTH S less than a mile from 215th Street in Cylon indicates that the 1981 Honda Goldwing motorcycle Slade was driving struck a deer, causing Slade to lose control of the motorcycle.
Investigators said the motorcycle fell on its side, throwing Slade from the bike. The cycle slid a few feet before coming to rest on the road. Passersby saw the motorcycle and Slade on the road and called 9-1-1.
Slade was apparently not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, investigators added.
The crash remains under investigation by the SCCSO. Slade is the county’s 12th traffic this year.
Assisting SCCSO deputies at the scene was the Deer Park Fire & First Responders and New Richmond Fire, EMS and Rescue.