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Duffield man dies when motorcycle strikes deer

December 20th, 2011 9:01 pm by Wes Bunch

CLINCHPORT — A Duffield man was killed in a fatal accident in Clinchport Monday night when the motorcycle he was driving struck a deer head on.

According to the Virginia State Police, Christopher Shane Falin, 19, of Falin Hollow Lane, Duffield, was driving a 1983 Yamaha DT100K motorcycle northbound on Angler’s Way (State Route 625) when the accident occurred about 7:30 p.m.

Authorities said Falin was driving a non-street-legal motorcycle without headlights and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.

Falin was transported by the Duffield Rescue Squad to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The VSP said Falin had driven his bike through the woods to a friend’s house a short distance away and was roughly a mile from his own residence on the return trip when he struck the deer.

“He went one hollow down to a friend’s house through the woods and used the paved road to come back (home), and that’s when it happened,” Trooper Jason Day said.

Because his motorcycle didn’t have headlights, authorities said a friend attempted to light the way by following behind him in a car.

Falin was reportedly driving along a straight and narrow section of Angler’s Way when the deer suddenly jumped in front of his motorcycle from over an embankment on the Clinch River side of the road.

The incident happened so quickly, Day said it was unlikely Falin had enough time to take evasive action.

Witnesses in the vehicle following Falin told authorities he was thrown over the motorcycle’s handlebars after striking the deer.

Authorities said rescue crews attempted to treat Falin at the scene before transporting him to the nearest hospital.

Although Falin died from injuries sustained in the wreck, an exact cause of death was not released.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office joined the VSP and Duffield Rescue Squad in responding to the accident.

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