A Great Bend man was hospitalized with serious injuries after a motorcycle he was riding collided with a deer Sunday night in southeast Great Bend.
According to Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, at about 8:15 p.m., BCSO deputies responded to the 400 block of Kiowa Road to a reported injury accident. Initial reports deputies indicated a motorcycle had been struck by another vehicle. Investigation by deputies at the scene determined this was incorrect.
Instead, they determined 31-year-old James Guant of Great Bend was traveling northbound on Kiowa Road operating a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle when he struck a deer, killing it. Guant was ejected from the motorcycle upon impact and continued approximately 85 feet down the road. Guant was transported to University of Kansas Health System - Great Bend Campus, and later transferred to a Wichita area hospital with what responders at the scene determined to be serious injuries.