Wild turkey flies into motorcyclist, causes fatal crash

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published April 8, 2019


A 70-year-old Oxford Township motorcyclist died as a result of injuries sustained after a wild turkey flew into his chest, causing him to lose control of his motorcycle.

According to a police report, the man was driving his 2005 Triumph motorcycle west on Stoney Creek Road, near Rochester Road, at 12:47 p.m. April 6 when several wild turkeys began to walk across the road in front of him.

One of the turkeys suddenly took flight and struck the motorcyclist in the chest. The man lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a nearby guardrail post.

Paramedics arrived and stabilized the man, who was transported to McLaren Oakland hospital in Pontiac, where he died later as a result of his injuries.

According to the report, the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet and protective clothing at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.