Woman survives accident after hitting three deer
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) -The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a driver hit three deer while going south on Interstate-270 near Tesson Ferry Road in South St. Louis County. That was at about 2:30 Monday morning. St. Louis County Police said another driver hit a deer while going north on Tesson Ferry near I-270. That was just before eight Sunday night.
Both drivers are okay, but their cars are not.
“This is the busiest time of year for car-deer strikes,” said Highway Patrol Sergeant Al Nothum.
Deer are in the “rut”, also known as mating season.
“They’re not afraid of people right now,” Nothum explained. “You’ve got all these bucks chasing the female deer.”
Nothum also said hunting season, along with a rising deer population, is bringing deer strikes from country roads to metropolitan streets. He also said rubber tires have traction with asphalt. Deer hooves often do not, because they are smooth. So, he warned drivers not to think a deer can move out of the way in time when a car is approaching. He also said drivers need to assume that deer will run in front of your car, even if they are standing still.
“If you see deer in front of you, they’re standing right at the edge of the road, you need to put your flashers on, or slow down, put on your high beams.”
No matter where you drive he said if you suddenly see any animal in your way, don’t swerve.
“Just go right through the animal, whether it’s a cat a dog, a squirrel. I know a lot of people don’t like to hear that. But the thing is, if you swerve and you don’t have time to keep your vehicle under control. You’re going to cause yourself to be injured, or killed, or kill someone else or injure someone else.”
On Halloween night, just last week, 58-year-old Michael Ferguson of Robertson, Missouri was driving on Old Route 66 near Pacific, Missouri. He successfully swerved around a deer, but he hit another vehicle head-on. The driver of the other car, 61-year-old Dennis Brinkley of Pacific died. Brinkley’s wife was seriously injured.
“We would rather see an animal injured or killed rather than a person,” Nothum said.