UPDATE | Judge still in hospital after cycle crash

District Court Judge Peter Strow awaits aid after his motorcycle hit a deer on Highway 20 early Sunday morning.

An Island County District Court judge remained in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Tuesday morning after being injured when his motorcycle collided with a deer on Highway 20 north of Coupeville early Sunday morning.

The State Patrol said Peter H. Strow, 59, of Langley was thrown from his motorcycle after the 2011 Honda CBR250R he was riding hit the animal on the highway near Sherman Road at about 5:45 a.m. May 29.

The judge’s son, Chris Strow of Seattle, said Tuesday that his father suffered cracked ribs and a broken collarbone, but was in stable condition and resting comfortably.

“He’s stiff and sore, but otherwise he’s just fine,” Strow said. He said the judge is expected to remain in the hospital for a couple of days for observation.

Strow said witnesses told the State Patrol that his father was traveling within the speed limit and that there was no way for him to avoid the animal.

“The deer shot out in front of him,” he said. “There was no time to react. He hit it, and went over the front of the motorcycle.”

He said the judge was taken to Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville, then airlifted by helicopter to Harborview.

Strow said his father has been cycling for years “and is an extremely safe rider.”  He said at the time of the accident, the judge was heading to Oak Harbor to pick up something before returning home to Langley.

He said his father routinely commutes by motorcycle to work in Oak Harbor during the spring and summer.