IONIA (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say a motorcycle passenger has died after a collision with a deer in Ionia County threw her into the path of a van.

The Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and The Grand Rapids Press report the motorcycle hit the deer Tuesday night, and the van was driving behind them. Police say the 42-year-old motorcycle driver also was thrown to the roadway, and he was transported by air to a hospital.

Authorities say the 43-year-old woman died at the scene. She had been hit and dragged by the van, which was driven by a 78-year-old man.

Names of those involved weren’t immediately released. The crash was under investigation by Michigan State Police.

The crash is the second this week involving a deer and a motorcycle. On Monday, a motorcyclist from Holly died after hitting a deer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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