MAN DIES AF­TER HIT­TING DEER

Tri-City Herald - - Front Page - BY AN­NETTE CARY acary@tric­i­ty­her­ald.com An­nette Cary; 509-582-1533

A Hanford mo­tor­cy­clist dies Wed­nes­day af­ter hit­ting a deer on Sun­day. His fam­ily de­cided to do­nate his or­gans.

A Hanford em­ployee who hit a deer on his mo­tor­cy­cle Sun­day died early Wed­nes­day morn­ing, said the Ben­ton County Coro­ner’s Of­fice.

The fam­ily of Mikhaill “Mike” Ste­wart posted on so­cial me­dia on Mon­day that he would not sur­vive his in­juries. But his death was de­layed af­ter his fam­ily de­cided to do­nate his or­gans, said Chief Deputy Coro­ner Roy McLean.

Ste­wart leaves a wife and two small chil­dren. A GoFundMe site has raised al­most $30,000 for fu­ner- al ex­penses and to help his fam­ily.

He was on his way to work at 6:15 p.m. Sun­day when his mo­tor­cy­cle hit the deer, said in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

He was on the Hanford nu­clear reser­va­tion, but had not reached the Wye Bar­ri­cade se­cure en­trance to Hanford on the site’s Route 4 South just north of Rich­land.

He was wear­ing a hel­met and was not speed­ing, ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports.

Ste­wart worked on the wa­ter util­i­ties team for Depart­ment of En­ergy con­trac­tor Mis­sion Sup­port Al­liance.

The con­trac­tor’s presi- dent, Bob Wilkin­son, sent a mes­sage to em­ploy­ees with con­do­lences. He re­minded em­ploy­ees that coun­sel­ing was avail­able.

Dawn and dusk in the fall are par­tic­u­larly haz­ardous times for driv­ers in the Hanford area, be­cause of the like­li­hood of deer and elk cross­ing the road dur­ing the times when work­ers are com­mut­ing.

Mis­sion Sup­port Al­liance said there was an­other ac­ci­dent in which a truck hit a deer at 5 p.m. Tues­day on Route 4 South. The driver was not hurt.

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