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By my calculations, I’ve lived for 22 years in places where deer are a big hazard when driving to and from home. I’ve often seen dead deer by the side of the road and sometimes damaged cars right in front of them. Over the years I’ve had maybe 15 or 20 close calls, times when I’ve had to slam on the brakes. But I hadn’t ever hit one.

Tonight I was zooming up the hill to my house at possibly as fast as 50 mph in the 35 zone (I push it a little, but not as far as the kid who passed me at probably 70 a couple of weeks ago. A few days later I saw his new black BMW seriously damaged on the side of the road).

A buck darted in front of me. I slammed on the brakes. The tires squealed. I stopped possibly about 5 feet after smacking into him, so I wasn’t going that fast at that point. He ran off, seriously injured, I’m afraid. I don’t want to be too graphic, but it seems something spattered a bit. This was on a curve with no shoulder, so I didn’t want to get out and inspect the damage, but I drove home just a little shaken, and as far as I can tell, there’s no damage to the car.

Fri, 4 Dec 2009, 11:09 PM PST
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