Peter Flur and his friends were finishing up a 45-mile ride in Union County, North Carolina, when the cameras he had attached to the front and back of his bike captured something quite extraordinary.
As the group of bikers crested Forest Lawn Drive in the northbound lane, a buck scampered across the road in front of them and was struck by an Audi sedan traveling in the opposite direction.
The deer is hurtled through the air back across the double-yellow line and narrowly misses the bikers.
Flur told the Charlotte Observer, "I look up and see this thing flying at us. For a few seconds, I didn’t even know what it was. It happened so fast, at that very instant, we just didn’t know.”
The group pulled off to the side of the road to process what just happened.
“As we were heading back into the Y,” Flur says, “Missy looked back at me and was like, ‘Oh my God, you have that on video.’”
Flur has tiny video cameras attached to the front and rear of his bicycle to have visual evidence if a motorist endangers his life or the lives of fellow cyclists.
“It’s not protection from something bad happening, by any stretch, ”Flur says, “but it is a way for us to show people what happened if it does.”
Flur posted the video of the deer-vehicle collision on YouTube and it has since gone viral.
“Really, from my perspective, it was just: These are the crazy things that we see when we’re on our bikes,” Flur says. “It’s still shocking to me to think that we actually saw that and caught it on video.”
“We all realize how incredibly lucky we are that no humans got hurt,” Flur adds. “I didn’t know until I saw the video how close it came to us or that it had horns. That could have been so bad.”
The deer didn't turn out so lucky. Flur says it did not survive the collision.
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