A Bohemia couple was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center after the motorcycle they were riding on struck a deer along Route 48 in Peconic at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, according to police and fire officials near the scene.
“They hit a buck,” said Southold Fire Department second assistant chief Jim Rich.
The crash victims, John Simicich III, 49, and his wife, Noreen Simicich, 50, were both wearing helmets at the time of the crash, officials said.
Two police helicopters landed at Cochran Park in Peconic to transport the victims to the hospital.
The crash led to the closure of the westbound side of Route 48 in Peconic Sunday evening, police and fire officials said. The westbound lanes of Route 48 were closed between Bridge and Peconic lanes, where the accident occurred, and the eastbound lanes were also expected to be closed for a brief time during the investigation. Traffic was being diverted up those roads to Route 25.