A 67-year-old man from Philipsburg has been identified by Broadwater County Sheriff/Corner Wynn Meehan as the person who died in Saturday's ATV collision with a deer.
Michael Allen Brenner died after being transported to Broadwater Health Center. The cause of death was "multiple blunt force injuries" that led to "severe head and chest trauma," Meehan said.
The incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. Saturday. Brenner and a female passenger were driving the ATV westbound on U.S. Highway 12 about a mile east of Townsend when a deer attempted to run across the road. Meehan believes Brenner and the passenger collided with the deer mid-jump. The deer must have kept moving, because investigators at the scene didn't find a deer nearby, he said.
Brenner impacted the asphalt and Meehan was told the ATV rolled over. However, Meehan wasn't called to the scene until a few hours after the fact, making it hard to determine whether it was the road or ATV that was the cause of Brenner's death.
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The female passenger also endured minor injuries and was released from Broadwater Health last night, he said.
Meehan said alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but neither were wearing a helmet.
"That made it nonsurvivable at that point," he said.