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Charleston man killed in motorcycle-deer accident

Charleston man killed in motorcycle-deer accident

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LERNA — A Charleston man died from injuries suffered when his motorcycle hit a deer Monday afternoon.

Joseph Stewart, 43, collided with the deer on County Road 300N, the east-west Lerna Road, about 2 miles east of the village at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, reported a news release from the Coles County Sheriff's Office.

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The release said Stewart was eastbound when the deer ran into his path, causing the collision and ejecting him from the motorcycle.

It said a medical helicopter responded to the scene and Stewart was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, but he later died because of his injuries.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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