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June 10, 2004

Hit a deer last night..

During the 5 hours driving back to my home with Jetta 2000 yesterday, I hit a young deer very hard at around 75 MPH. It was raining pretty bad that day so visual distance isn't great. Everything went slow motion after I saw that deer's eyes..

Luckily, I turned right a bit and hit him by the corner of my car's body frame instead of middle. If he hit my car in the middle, my car's bumper and hood would have been crushed like a cheap soda can and windshield all cracked. I also could have been hit by a large truck following me. Adrenaline Rush saved the day.

Amazingly, the damage on my car is very minimum. The only thing that is damaged is plastic in the tire area (maybe worth around $100) and some bended plastics. There's lot of blood and fur all across the side of my car. My leg's pretty sore after flying off the seat (even with a belt on) and hit the driver's wheel. Very bad headache too.

I did plan to find a nearby policemen so I can ask him/her to fill out a report but changed my mind as I remember that any nature-related accidents get a 25/75 chance of being covered by insurance company. If they've decided not to cover it, my monthly insurance bill will be much higher. Around $100 for a plastic part isn't a big deal though.

Truly a scary experience.



I hit a deer a few days ago for the first time too.

I was driving a VW Beetle (newer model) and caught him out of the corner of my eye just in time to swerve and barely nick his head with my front-left bumper. No damage to the car at all and it didn't even slow me down. Very lucky.

Hope you're feeling okay!

Posted by: Garrett at June 10, 2004 03:36 PM

I almost hit a deer recently. Luckily my very alert friend was riding with me.


Posted by: OwlBoy at June 10, 2004 08:39 PM

Killing animals is wrong...
I was in the car when my parents almost hit a dear.
Very scary.

Posted by: Josha Chapman-Dodson at June 10, 2004 11:27 PM

You're quite lucky. Deer can make an awful mess of a car as well as anyone who's riding in it.

Posted by: Jeff Smith at June 11, 2004 09:43 AM

Wow--glad you're OK!

Posted by: Buzz Andersen at June 11, 2004 10:55 AM

And what about the deer??? All you talk about is your car, when it is simply an inanimate object that can be *easily* replaced. One deer's life cannot! How could you be thinking about your car when you've just killed/badly injured another creature?

Posted by: Karma at June 14, 2004 05:33 PM

That was deep Karma...

Posted by: gorickey at June 14, 2004 05:41 PM

Karma, what about deer hunt season...?

Hell, let's stop walking on sidewalk because we're killing ants! Your shoes is an inanimate object too!

Let the reality sink in please.

Posted by: Adam Betts at June 16, 2004 10:09 AM

What about deer??
Are they hurt, are they dead? It's not the car came into my mind when I heard of this... :(

Posted by: Leo at June 21, 2004 10:34 AM

My dad hit a deer in his Viper. It was at night and he was just coming out of a bend. He hit it head on and as he was checking the undercarriage with his hand, he felt something wet. He took his flashlight and shined it at his hand. He figured the liquid was transmission fluid because it was red and it was near where the box was. Well, it wasnt what he thought it was...

Posted by: Holigen at July 15, 2004 01:17 AM

Ouch, good to hear you're alright.
About 3 years ago I was driving at 6am down an interstate in the southern US, going around 120km/h when a buck stepped about 10 feet in front of my car... hit it straight on, bounced down on the hood and vaulted over top. I had to open my window to see where I was rolling, as my entire front was on fire... the deer got up and ran into the trees. Made it out of that one with barely a bruise.

My poor '90 Accord Type-R was mashed... $2500 later I got it back... only to be rear-ended on that SAME stretch of highway by a transport truck. Thus ending the life of my car.

Advice : don't drive on the I-70... watch out for deer wth a grudge.

Posted by: AndrewV at July 23, 2004 11:33 AM
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