A northern California couple is thanking God after escaping with minor injuries after a large buck crashed through the windshield of their car last week.
Jody Kellerman told CBS 13, "We are walking miracles. We walked away from that accident."
First responders told her they were indeed lucky to have survived.
George and Jody Kellerman were driving to her birthday party Saturday night on Phoenix Lake Road when the deer collided with their car, crashing through the windshield and landing in the backseat.
“I said, ‘Are you OK?’ She said, ‘Are you ok?’ And I said, ‘I think I broke my shoulder.' I had no idea what hit me,” George said.
Jody said it wasn’t until she heard the deer that she realized that a deer was in the car with them.
The 300-pound buck hit a Prius, went airborne and into their Toyota Land Cruiser.
“It ended up in the back with its head on my lap and the antlers pinning me to the seat,” she said.
“We looked at each other, and we just said the Lord has got plans for us,” George said.
Miraculously, the couple only suffered minor scrapes and bruises.
“Very fortunate the way the events played out that evening,” said Officer Randy Matyshock with the California Highway Patrol.
In fact, first responders say this is one of the worst crashes they’ve seen.
“If that deer would’ve come through three inches further this way or three inches further there that way it would’ve been totally different,” George said as he motioned with his hands just how close the antlers came to puncturing their vital organs.
The couple has an 18-year-old and a 21-year-old and said they want to see them graduate and get married and have kids.
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