The moon was nearly full early Friday as Doug Brawner was headed to work on a mild November morning.
About 5:30 a.m., Brawner was riding his Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic from his Jones County home to Robins Air Force Base when a deer jumped out on Upper River Road, just across the Bibb County line.
“I didn’t have anywhere to go and just nailed it,” Brawner said at the scene.
Macon-Bibb County firefighters and paramedics from the Medical Center, Navicent Health, responded to the crash near Haslett Drive and found Brawner on the side of the road.
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“A little sore, very sore,” he said, as he hobbled around on the grass.
The deer “floundered about a bit” before getting up and running off, said Brawner, a member of the Patriot Guard.
The crash dented the front fender, and the 980-pound motorcycle also scraped the pavement as he went down.
Brawner was able to joke about the accident with the first responders, including a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy.
He was checked out in the ambulance but was going to let his wife drive him to the hospital for a full examination.
“Very lucky. It could have been a lot worse,” he said.