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Man dies when deer runs into his motorcycle

5-30-14 bill haggadoneWilliam A. Haggadone, 52, of Big Rapids and formerly of Harrison, died May 24 in a motorcycle-deer collision near Mesick.

The accident happened on M-37 just east of Mesick around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Haggadone was riding with his wife Kathy when the deer ran out and hit Haggadone’s cycle. His wife Kathy was able to lay her motorcycle down safely, but William skidded about 30 feet, according to a family member. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a motorcycle helmet when the accident happened.

William, whose mother Mary Jean Haggadone lives in Harrison, had lost a son, William Jr., last year and he also lost his brother Gerald in a motorcycle accident several years ago. He is survived by his wife, two sons, four daughters, six grandchildren, a sister and his mother.

He was an active member of the Moose Lodge in Harrison, and had moved to Big Rapids just last year.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 26 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

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