Midland MI Oct 23 2016 Police say William Kerr, 62, of Midland County, died in a motorcycle crash after striking a deer and hitting a cable barrier on Thursday in Auburn.
Kerr, a former patrolman with the Midland Police Department, was on his way to the Bay City federal courthouse where he worked as a lead court security officer, according to the Midland Police Department.
State police and first responders were dispatched to Wheeler Road, west of Eight Mile Road, in Williams Township at about 8 a.m. Thursday for a crash involving a motorcyclist and a deer. Troopers reported finding Kerr unresponsive. The first trooper on scene performed CPR until more first responders arrived, but attempts to revive Kerr were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kerr had been heading east on Wheeler Road when he collided with a deer in the roadway, a police report states. Police say he lost control and went off onto the south shoulder of the road, then crossed over a private drive for the Tri-City Motor Speedway and struck a cable barrier.
State police say an autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death. Kerr was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and alcohol and/or drug use are not suspected, according to police.
The Midland Police Department on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon said one of Kerr’s true passions was riding his motorcycles.
“Bill will be missed by all who knew him. Please keep his family, friends and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Bill, we have the watch from here,” a post states.
The Auburn-Williams Fire Department, Monitor Township Fire Department, Mobile Medical Response and Auburn Towing assisted troopers at the scene.