You have heard this story many times before. Someone was driving down a dark road and all of the sudden a deer jumps out in front of the car and the creature slams into the vehicle and dashes off into the woods or dies right on the spot. It’s not an uncommon situation and happens more often than not. But what happens when the vehicle that hits the deer is traveling at 100mph? The Isanti County Sheriff’s Department in Minnesota recently released footage of one of their deputies slamming into a deer while driving in excess of 100 mph after receiving an urgent call.
The footage was released due to the incredibly gruesome outcome. The deer never stood a chance and was lucky that it was such a quick death.
The deputy hit the deer on Oct. 21 and police posted photos of the totaled car. Needless to say, the deer didn’t dash off into the woods this time and faced a very quick death. As for the car itself… well it looks like it won’t be chasing down bad guys anytime soon.
The deputy was responding lights and siren to a man with a gun call in Cambridge.
“The deputy did a great job of just getting on the brakes and keeping it in his lane, even though the hood went into his windshield,” the sheriff’s office posted on its Facebook page.
The sheriff’s department also used the incident to educate drivers on how to handle such a situation.
“It goes to show how dangerous deer strikes can be, but this also shows how important it is to NOT swerve when an animal strike is going to occur,” the sheriff’s office wrote.
“If the deputy swerved he would have rolled and been injured or worse. Staying in a straight line kept the injuries to a minimum when the airbags deployed.”
Facebook reacted to the police posting.
“My college professor once said: If you’re driving down the road and see a deer, don’t swerve,” a Dave LaCombe posted. “It’s better to hit the deer than possibly a tree. If you’re driving down the road and see a moose, hit the tree.”
A Pete Keiner Jr posted in response to the comments from people questioning how fast the deputy was driving to respond to a call of a man with a gun.
“Glad the Deputy is okay,” Keiner wrote.
“As a former Officer, I shake my head at the negative comments about speed. But yet, people complain all the time about how this happened, or that happened because it took so long for the Officer to arrive.
“People can say how the Deputy should have been driving slower, but after viewing the dash cam, I commend the Deputy for their driving skills. There was plenty of room to respond accordingly, such as the Deputy did.
“I don’t care if they were driving 30 mph, this accident was unavoidable. Thank you to the Deputies for risking their lives every day to come to the rescue for those in need.”
You can see the video below:
Deer vs. Car Statistics
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) recently conducted a study concerning the increasing dangers from deer-related vehicle accidents. Deer-related car accidents have consistently risen over the years due to increasing deer populations and destruction of their habitat.
- There are approximately 1.5 million deer-related car accidents annually
- The cost of these accidents results in over $1 billion dollars in vehicle damage
- There are around 175-200 fatalities every year and 10,000 injuries
- The majority of these accidents occur between October and December but can happen year round
- The vast majority of deer-related accidents occur in the Midwest
- Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio have been in the top ten states for fatal deer collisions every year
Deer can oftentimes appear suddenly and without warning, especially at night, but knowing how to react and where and when they are most likely to strike can greatly reduce a person’s chances of being involved in an accident.
The officer really had no chance in this particular situation due to the urgent nature of his call, but it can be used as a tool to warn the public about the dangers of speeding down a road where wildlife is likely to cross.