Highway 47, Stub Stewart, Tophill

Dirt bike driver dies after striking deer north of Stub Stewart State Park

Emergency crews respond to the scene of a dirt bike driver killed in a crash on Highway 47 on Sunday, June 13. Photo: Washington County Sheriff's Office

A man died Sunday morning after striking a deer while riding his dirt bike north of Stub Stewart State Park on Highway 47.

According to Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy Brian van Kleef, 34-year-old Joshua James Bologna was riding a dirt bike while speeding when he struck a deer around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 13. He died at the scene near Johnson Road, located in the Tophill area just south of the Columbia County line.

In addition to speed and striking the deer, what van Kleef called “lack of proper helmet use” is believed to be a factor in what led to the man’s death, whose . . .

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