COCOA, Fla. – A Brevard County Sheriff's Office deputy suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he crashed his patrol motorcycle on State Road 528 after hitting a dead animal in the roadway, according to the Cocoa Police Department.
Witnesses said deputy Nathaniel Kirk was attempting to stop a vehicle near Industry Road at 2:15 p.m. Thursday when the motorcycle started wobbling several times then hit a dead animal and lost control.
Kirk was ejected and landed in the median, according to a news release. He was conscious and alert when he was airlifted to an area hospital to be treated fro serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said Kirk has worked for the department since 2015 and has been assigned to the motor unit since October.
State Road 528 was closed in both directions while authorities responded to the single-vehicle crash. All lanes were reopened as of 5 p.m.
Sky 6 video from the scene showed several officers examining the deputy's motorcycle on the side of the road. The motorcycle was towed away from the scene at about 3:45 p.m.