CROCKER, Missouri- The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 53 year-old Richland man was killed this morning in a motorcycle crash on Hwy BB near Crocker.

The victim was identified as Daren Bell. His body was transported to a Crocker funeral home. Next of kin has been notified.

Troopers say the crash happened when Bell attempted to avoid hitting a deer. His Harley-Davidison began to skid and he impacted the deer ejecting him from the motorcycle. Bell was pronounced deceased at the scene by Coroner Nick Pappas.

Trooper Wensel responded at 5:55. a.m.