MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- A Thursday morning crash at about 10:28 a.m. has left a motorcyclist dead after a freak encounter with a buzzard.
A 2013 BMW motorcycle was northbound on CR-731 approximately ½ mile north of CR-74 in Glades County, Florida when a buzzard flew from the east shoulder directly into the path of the cyclist and struck the operator in the helmet.
The motorcycle exited the roadway onto the east shoulder into a ditch, struck a fence and overturned. The operator, Douglas James Winfield, 49 of Cape Coral, Florida was ejected and came to rest approximately 40 feet east of the roadway faced northeast.
The cycle came to rest approximately 20 feet north of the operator on its left side faced northwest, reported FHP Corporal Andrew Close, the accident investigator.