Lapeer County Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash with a Deer

NORTH BRANCH TOWNSHIP, MI – On Sunday July 16th, 2017, at 1:58 AM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to a motorcycle injury traffic crash on Burnside Road to the west of Slattery Road in North Branch Township.

This accident was reported by a motorist who discovered the motorcycle rider in the roadway.

Douglas Secord, 61-years-old, from Lum, was the rider and lone occupant of a Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling west on Burnside Road. This area is very rural. A deer traveled north crossing in a direction of Secord’s path.

Secord who was not wearing a helmet was ejected from his motorcycle and came to rest within the roadway. The motorcycle and deer, which was killed in the crash, came to rest along the south shoulder. Douglas Secord was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies closed the roadway for several hours to investigate this fatal traffic crash. Alcohol is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.

This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or

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