Marlboro bicyclist sent to hospital after deer struck him in the head

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MARLBORO – A bicyclist was hospitalized Sunday morning when a deer attempted to jump over him and, instead, struck him in the head, police said.

The incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on Wyncrest Road near Windfall Lane, according to Marlboro Police Capt. Steve Levy.

The unidentified man was bicycling along the road when the deer ran out of the woods and tried to leap over the bicycle but missed, witnesses told police.

The man, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune City with facial and head injuries, Levy said.

It’s unknown if the deer suffered any injuries.

Joe Strupp is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience who covers education and several local communities for APP.com and the Asbury Park Press. He is also the author of three books, including Killing Journalism on the state of the news media, and an adjunct media professor at Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Reach him at jstrupp@gannettnj.com and at 732-413-3840. Follow him on Twitter at @joestrupp

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: A deer tried to leap over a bicyclist but missed.