CENTER, N.D. — A 61-year-old motorcyclist from Hazen was killed Tuesday night, Sept. 17, after the Hazen man struck an animal on the roadway, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

The accident occurred about 9:40 p.m. on Highway 200A 11 miles northeast of Center.

The man, identified as Gary Dukart, was traveling westbound on a 2005 Harley Davidson. After striking the animal, he lost control when the motorcycle entered the north ditch.

He was not wearing a helmet and pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

Center is about 40 miles northwest of Bismarck.