GARRISON, Beaver County — A motorcyclist died Tuesday after he hit a cow on state Route 21.

Steven R. Casper, 56, of Garrison, was thrown many feet during the 7:30 p.m. crash, police said. He died of his injuries even though he was wearing a helmet.

Casper's wife came upon the crash soon after it occurred. She had been looking for her husband, according to police.

The large black cow was in the road, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety. Open grazing is allowed in the area.