BY ED GEBERT

Times Bulletin Editor

egebert@timesbulletin.com



VAN WERT - A rural Convoy man is dead after hitting a deer while riding the motorcycle he had just purchased that day.

According to the Van Wert County Sheriff's Office, On Friday night 45-year-old Dana Nofer was riding west on Willshire-Ohio City Rd. on the black 2002 Harley Davidson he had purchased that day. Between 11:05 - 11:12 p.m., Nofer rode past the intersection with Dull Robinson Rd. Shortly thereafter, a deer crossed the road from the north to the south, and Nofer was unable to avoid a collision.

After striking the deer, Nofer was thrown from the bike. He landed just off the north side of the roadway. Nofer was not wearing a helmet and did not have a motorcycle endorsement.

The Harley Davidson was still registered to its former owner, a Van Wert area man. The right-side handlebar was severely damaged in the collision.

Efforts to save Nofer were unsuccessful despite efforts by the Ohio City EMS and various other law enforcement and rescue personnel. Van Wert County Coroner pronounced Nofer dead at 11:22 p.m.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the accident, according to the crash report from the Sheriff's Office. A witness told deputies that Nofer had left the Avenger's Motorcycle Club in Ohio City shortly before a witness found the crash scene. A sample of Nofer's blood was taken and was submitted to the state to be analyzed. Results are pending, and the investigation is ongoing.