Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins has been recuperating in a Wyoming hospital since hitting a sheep with his motorcycle Saturday evening.
Watkins is being treated for a broken clavicle.
After the 7 p.m. accident, he was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Casper. He anticipates being released today, and told the Herald that his mom and dad are there to drive him home.
The avid biker was on a motorcycle scavenger hunt near the small town of Douglas when he came around a corner on a gravel road and struck the sheep. His mission at the time had been to take a picture of the front of a mine.
Watkins said he was going about 30 mph, which he thought was a reasonable speed for the corner.
“The sheep just went left and right and couldn’t make up its mind to get out of the road, and unfortunately I hit it,” he said.
The sheep died.
He has been told his motorcycle is “pretty dinged up,” though he admits he is more worried about his health, he said.
“It’s just really annoying, and it takes a little time to heal up, and there is not much I can do about it,” he said. “I miss home, and I’m looking forward to getting back as soon as I can.”
Watkins — who has been on the Pasco City Council for 12 years — expects to be out of commission for a week or more. Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Francik filled in for him at Monday night’s meeting.
Watkins also is a software engineer for Lockheed Martin.