SHERIDAN – A motorcyclist is dead after hitting a deer on Tuesday in LaSalle County. Officials say that the motorcycle driver was traveling northbound on East 2603rd Road in Miller Township when a deer ran onto the roadway. The driver was reportedly unable to avoid striking the deer. The driver of the motorcycle was identified as 50-year old Burl T. Owen of Seneca. The incident is still under investigation by the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office and the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office.