Oklahoma man killed after crashing motorcycle into deer in Dent County

GLADDEN, MO (DENT COUNTY) – A man from Oklahoma was killed after crashing into an animal in the road in Dent County yesterday morning, according to a crash report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The accident happened on Highway 19, about 10 miles south of Salem and two and a half miles northwest of Gladden at 11:40 a.m.

71-year-old Stephen O. Gayle, of Cleveland, Oklahoma, was driving a 2015 Kawasaki ZG1400 motorcycle when he collided with a deer crossing the road.

Gayle was ejected from the motorcycle, then airlifted to Cox Hospital in Springfield. There, he was pronounced dead at 2:47 p.m.

Gayle was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred.

No other injuries were reported in the collision.

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