Norman Linto, from Oxford Township, New Jersey was killed on April 7, 2019.
Linto was on his motorcycle, and while riding, a wild turkey flew into him. This caused Linto to crash. He was 70 years old.
The Oakland County’s Sheriff’s Office said Linto was riding on his 2005 Trump and was driving west on Stoney Creek Road close to North Rochester Road a little before 1 pm ET.
Several turkeys began to cross the road in front of Linto. One of the turkeys started to fly and flew into the chest of Linto. This caused him to lose control of his motorcycle, and he crashed into the guardrail. This caused his left leg to be severed.
Emergency medical personnel from the Fire Department of Oakland Township arrived on the scene. Linto was transported to McLaren-Oakland Hospital. Despite receiving emergency medical treatment, he was pronounced dead at the hospital from his injuries.
The sheriff’s office reported that Linto was wearing protective clothing and a helmet at the time of the accident. They also did not think alcohol or drugs were a factor.
The crash reconstruction unit is currently investigating the crash from the sheriff’s office.
Written by Barbara Sobel
Detroit News: Man, 70, on motorcycle dies after being hit by turkeys
The Oakland Press: Sheriff: Turkey causes fatal motorcycle crash in Oakland Township
Detroit Free Press: Wild turkey strikes Oxford motorcyclist in chest, causing deadly crash
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