Two people suffered major injuries Wednesday night when a deer first hit by a car then jumped in front of their Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Nevada County.
The animal died at the scene of the rapid-fire series of events about 8:30 p.m. along Highway 20 east of Penn Valley Drive.
The California Highway Patrol said a Penn Valley driver was eastbound on Highway 20 about 60 mph when the deer appeared in the path of her car. The deer was hit and thrown into the westbound lanes of the highway, where the animal then jumped directly into the path of the motorcycle.
When the deer and motorcycle collided, the motorcycle went down on its left side. The driver, Eric Moffatt, 52, of Smartsville and passenger, Christine Rutherford, 40, of Grass Valley, were thrown to the pavement.
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Both were able to move to the roadway shoulder, according to the CHP. The driver of the car was not injured.
Moffatt was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Rutherford went to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville.