Official: Conn. Man Struck By Deer While Riding His Scooter In RI Dies
8:17 AM EDT, August 5, 2009
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HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) — - Authorities say a volunteer firefighter from Connecticut injured when the motor scooter he was operating struck a deer in Rhode Island has died.
The chief of the Moosup Fire Department in Plainfield, Conn. tells The Providence Journal that 41-year-old Alan J. Smith died Monday night.
Chief Paul Yellen says Smith and several friends in a motor scooter club were riding to Narragansett on Sunday morning when a deer bolted from the woods and hit his scooter on Route 138 in Hopkinton.
His passenger was also hurt, but survived.
Yellen says Smith had lived in Connecticut for about five years after moving from Rhode Island where he served on the Coventry Fire Department.
Yellen says the death is "hard for us to comprehend."
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: The other day comng off Route 2-A in Uncasville two deer ran in front of the car I was driving. Many times when I drive in and out of Fort Hill Elder Housing, deer have run in front of me. The lesson, be careful there are a lot of deer out there, and if they are not going to watch out for themselves, then we have to watch out for them.. What do you think?>