CASS COUNTY, Mo. – A rider and passenger from Belton were hospitalized after a motorcycle hit a deer in Cass County Saturday night.

Steven Roark, 59, was eastbound on Highway 2 at Route DD, when he struck a deer around 9:24 p.m., last night. Roark and his passenger, Elijah Smith, 13, were ejected when the bike overturned.

Both are being treated for serious injuries at Research Medical Center.