Motorcyclists flown to Des Moines after striking deer

Staff report
Two Jefferson residents are facing a long recovery — but they’re alive — after they struck a deer Sunday night on their motorcycle.

Jeff Sprague, 37, and his passenger, 34-year-old Amanda Clark, had been flown by LifeFlight to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines after the crash, which was reported shortly after 9 p.m. on 305th Street near Q Avenue.

A 2005 Harley owned and operated by Sprague was eastbound on 305th Street when the deer ran onto the road and struck the motorcycle, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

“They were on top of it before they even realized it,” Stephanie Stoll, Clark’s sister, explained Monday morning.

The impact threw Sprague and Clark to the pavement.

They initially were transported to the Greene County Medical Center by Greene County EMS.

“There’s no brain injuries to either one of them, which just baffles me. Neither were wearing helmets,” said Stoll, who works at the Boone County Hospital.

Clark apparently fared worse, suffering multiple broken ribs, a punctured lung and a bruised liver, in addition to bad lacerations, Stoll said.

“It will be a long recovery,” she said. “But, they’ll live through it.”

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