Deer Crashes Through Photographer's Moving Car

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The injured animal left behind shattered window glass, fur and a shaken driver

The hunting might get better as the rut gets closer, but this time of year is also the most dangerous one of all for vehicle-deer collisions. Roger Johnston, a photographer from Rome, New York, knew this, but he was no less surprised when a deer actually jumped through his car's two backseat windows during a photography trip to the Adirondacks. 

As he was driving State Route 28 highway in the Forestport area, he spotted a deer running toward the car. He swerved to avoid the deer, but to no avail.

"I'm bracing myself for it," Johnston said. "Like, this is the end. I just bought my car not too long ago. The deer flies through my back windows and leaves all kinds of glass and fur everywhere throughout the car."

Johnston said the incident left him in shock. 

"I couldn't believe it myself, that I was even able to tell about it," he said. "The deer could have come through my driver's window and really done some damage to me."

Johnston said the deer ran into the woods, where a state trooper had to put it down because it was so badly injured. Johnston continued on to Forestport where he got as much glass and hair out of the vehicle as he could at a local carwash. Determined to keep his day as planned, he spent the rest of his time there photographing the area, and he even managed to photograph some deer.  

"You've got to be careful this time of year," Johnston said. "The deer are everywhere. I just never expected to meet one on the road like that."

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