(BENTON, IL) — A 40-year-old Whittington woman is dead after a motorcycle accident Saturday night on Route 14 in Franklin County. According to Illinois State Police, 31-year-old William Burnett, of Buckner, was driving his motorcycle with a passenger, 40 year old Jana Weaver Miles-Burnett, on Rt. 14 when a deer reportedly ran onto the road. Burnett was apparently unable to avoid the deer, and when he struck the animal Miles-Burnett was thrown from the motorcycle. Miles-Burnett was taken to the Franklin County Hospital where she later died from her injuries. A Go Fund Me page for Miles-Burnett has been set up to assist the family in defraying the cost of the funeral. The accident is still under investigation.

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