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RICHMOND — One man died after hitting a wounded deer while driving on state Route 91 early Tuesday morning in Cache Valley near Pepperidge Farm, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
Lewiston resident Gene A. Lee, 44, was traveling southbound around 5:45 a.m. when his vehicle struck a deer that had been hit by another vehicle and left in the roadway, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
Lee lost control and veered left, crossing the median and both northbound lanes until he drove off the highway completely onto the east side of state Route 91, officials said. His vehicle continued past the shoulder and into an irrigation ditch where it struck an embankment and rolled over.
Lee was "unrestrained," according to authorities and was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled. Lee was killed instantly.
Due to evidence at the scene, it appears Lee was distracted by texting at the time he struck the deer, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
This article will be updated with more information as it is received.