A motorcycle accident on US 40 in Hopewell Saturday evening, took the life of a Newark man.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the accident was caused after a deer darted in the middle of the roadway around 6:15, in front of the motorcycle, driven by 38-year-old Ryan Longstreth of Newark.
"The motorcycle was going westbound on US 40, here at mile post 2, it struck a deer on the roadway, the driver was ejected to right side of the edge of the roadway,” explained Trooper Lanning. “The motorcycle skidded across to the other side of the roadway, to the left, into the eastbound lanes and the eastbound pick-up truck then hit the motorcycle."
OSHP said that Longstreth died as a result of the crash and the injuries he sustained. The Muskingum County Coroner, Dr. Charles Feicht was called to scene and confirmed the death.
The driver of the pick-up, 26-year-old Seth Hildebrand of Zanesville, did not suffer any injuries. National Trails EMS and Fire Department also assisted at the scene. US 40 was shut down for about 8 miles surrounding the scene for several hours. ODOT was directing traffic until about 9:30 p.m.
Authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.