STAFFORD COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — A 25-year-old Pratt man was killed Sunday night when the motorcycle he was driving swerved to avoid a deer on the road, about six miles south of Stafford.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says Larry J. Ryan was northbound on SE 80th Avenue around 7:30 p.m. when he attempted to avoid the animal, lost control and left the roadway, crashing into a ditch.

Ryan was taken to Stafford County Hospital, where he died from his injuries in the crash.

The KHP says Ryan was not wearing a helmet, only eye protection.