Woman Barely Escapes Injury When Deer Crashes Through Windshield

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

A Georgia woman is just thankful to be alive and unharmed after a deer crashed through her vehicle's windshield as she drove down Highway 53 in Floyd County, Georgia, Tuesday morning. 

Heather Hays was headed to work when she saw a brown blur sash out in front of her car.

Hays told Fox News, "I close my eyes, I feel glass shatter across my face, there's wind. I open my eyes and I look in the passenger seat and there's the deer."

Hays tried not to panic as she eased off the gas and pulled over to the side of the road. But the deer was anything but calm. It was in a panic trying to escape the vehicle.

"He was thrashing about, trying to get out," Hayes said.

She jumped out of the car and flagged down someone for help. The Floyd County police officers that showed up were just as shocked as she was.

"The police officer came and [the officer] said in his 13 years of experience he had never witnessed this," Hayes said.

Animal Control tranquilized the deer in order to get it out of the car. Once they realized the animal had a broken back and two broken legs, they had to put it down.

Hayes says she felt bad for the deer but is grateful that she wasn't injured.

"I'm thankful I walked away, because a few inches, it could have been critical, a fatal situation," said Hayes.

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