Motorcyclist Dies After Hitting Bird in Southwest Florida

The man was riding through Glades County Thursday when a buzzard flew into his path.

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A southwest Florida motorcyclist was killed after a bird hit his helmet, causing him to crash.

Florida Highway Patrol reports that 49-year-old Douglas James Winfield was riding a 2013 BMW motorcycle through Glades County Thursday morning when a buzzard flew into his path. After hitting the bird, Winfield rode into a ditch and hit a fence.

FHP reports Winfield was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest about 40 feet from the roadway. The motorcycle was found about 20 feet from Winfield.

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