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A motorcyclist died after hitting an elk and flying off his bike, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Nick Lucero, 52, of Pueblo West was riding down U.S. 50 just before 5:30 a.m. when he hit the elk, was thrown off his Harley Davidson and run over by a Ford F-150 truck that was unable to swerve out of the way.

Lucero was wearing a helmet. The elk also was killed, said trooper Gary Cutler.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Twitter: @lizmforster Phone: 636-0193

Twitter: @lizmforster

Phone: 636-0193

Liz Forster is a general assignment reporter with a focus on environment and public safety. She is a Colorado College graduate, avid hiker and skier, and sweet potato enthusiast. Liz joined The Gazette in June 2017.

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