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One person is dead, another person critically hurt in a motorcycle accident when the driver apparently tried to avoid a deer.

Michigan State Police were called to Busch Road, near Saginaw Street in Saginaw County’s Taymouth Township, on Sept. 13 at around 8:22 p.m.

Michigan State Police said a passerby reported two people laying in the road near a crashed motorcycle.

Troopers arrived, and identified the driver as Jon Andrew Bradd, 56. His passenger was identified as Kim Ann Shaefer, 57.

Shaefer was pronounced dead at the scene, and Bradd was suffering from severe head injuries, according to investigators.

Bradd was taken to the hospital and at last check was in critical condition.

Troopers said their investigation revealed the motorcycle driver attempted to avoid hitting a deer that was in the road but was not successful.

MSP said a witness came forward saying that Bradd had been drinking at a local bar prior to the crash, and troopers said the smell of marijuana and intoxicants were present at the scene; and are believed to be factors in the crash.

Blood results on Bradd are pending, according to MSP.

Investigators said neither of the victims were wearing helmets.

The deer was found dead at the scene.

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