A Cherokee County resident, who was a nationally known motorcycle racing broadcaster, was killed Thursday after his motorcycle collided with a deer and he crashed, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office.

Brian Drebber, 67, of Canton was traveling on Lower Bethany Road when he collided with a deer, according to the sheriff’s department. When deputies arrived on the scene, Drebber was conscious. He was taken to Northside Hospital Cherokee where he later died.

According to MotoAmerica, the American Motorcyclist Association, Drebber was on his way to catch a flight to Pittsburgh, for this weekend’s MotoAmerica Championship of Pittsburgh race.

“The American Motorcyclist Association extends its condolences to the family and friends of AMA Charter Life Member and longtime motorsports broadcaster and announcer Brian Drebber,” the association said in announcing Drebber’s death to members.

Drebber was a play-by-play announcer and color commentator for dozens of sports, as well as voice over professional, writer and producer for 40 years, according to his profile on LinkedIn.

Outside his broadcasting career, Drebber was known in Cherokee County as a beekeeper, familiar to visitors at the Canton Farmers Market, where he sold honey.

Market organizers wrote on Facebook on Thursday, “Brian Drebber of Drebbieville Hives will be missed by our entire community. Rest in peace dear friend and prayers for all that knew and loved you.”

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