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Motorcyclist killed in collision with cows
Police: Rider may have been intoxicated

A motorcyclist lost his life in Seligman after colliding with two black cows blocking the roadway Wednesday night, Jan. 23.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputies were dispatched to the crash on Fort Rock Road just before 7 p.m. Medical personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene. He was identified as John Travers, 54, from Seligman.

“He was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma,” said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn.

The two cows were also found dead.

“Investigators are looking into the possibility [the cows] may have been injured earlier,” D’Evelyn said.

Residents in the area reported seeing the motorcycle travelling at high speed on Fort Rock Road just prior to hearing a loud crash.

“Initial indications are that the rider was overdriving the range of the headlight’s ability to light the road in front of the motorcycle, and did not see the cows in time to stop,” D’Evelyn said.

Witnesses told deputies they saw the motorcyclist at a bar in Seligman a couple hours prior, leading them to believe the man may have been intoxicated.

Following the initial investigation, the man’s body was released to the custody of the Yavapai County Medical Examiner.

YCSO’s serious collision investigators are continuing to work on the case.

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