An Independence man was injured Sunday when his motorcycle struck a deer.

An Independence man was injured Sunday when his motorcycle struck a deer.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Mark R. Yazel, 49, was traveling south on Route DD north of Route FF in Benton County when his 2008 Suzuki GSXR 1000 bike hit the deer. Yazel was thrown onto the roadway in the collision.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. He was wearing a helmet, the Patrol reported.