Saw a Deer Hit on the Highway this Morning :(

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Black Feather, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. Black Feather

    Black Feather Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Uhg...I saw a deer hit on the highway this morning on my way to work! It was awful!

    I saw her coming across the opposite section of highway toward my section and judging by her course I would have been right in her path. I slowed right down and put my blinker on to pull over to the shoulder to try and avoid her. It worked, she veered up the road a bit and then bolted across the road again. She ran right in front of the car behind me and they hit her in the hind quarters sending her into a flying spin into the ditch! It didn't even look like the guy behind me had tried to slow down or avoid her at all. I could be wrong though, but he was perfectly in his traffic lane. He pulled over and stopped afterward.

    I was so upset I didn't know what to do [​IMG] I didn't have anything with me to dispatch the injured deer so I called my parents to get in touch with the resource department to send someone out to take care of her.

    I feel soooo awful. I think now I should have also stopped to see if the people in the other car were all right. I don't think I could have handed the dying deer and the freaked out other people though. [​IMG]

    What should you do in such an instance???

    The rather queezy,
    Urban Coyote
  2. flakey chick

    flakey chick Songster

    May 3, 2007
    The number one thing to do is not to move anyone unless they are in immediate danger- then call 911.

    I know how scary that can be. I commute with my husband and vividly remember the day we almost hit a deer at speed. I could see it along the side of the road getting ready to bolt across. My husband was focused on the road. I couldn't even speak- just started gasping. That was enough for my husband to slow down, and when it did go, he braked enough to avoid it. If I had been reading the newspaper (like I often do) I am sure he would have hit it.

    The situation may have been similar to the car that hit it. The driver focused on the road. Maybe he thought you were looking for an address.
  3. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I was on my way to my mom's house one day and saw a dog get clipped by a dump truck. I was so mad when the guy kept driving. I pulled over and crossed the road to where the dog was. He was dying. I held his head in my lap and pet him softly until he passed, crying my eyes out the entire time.

    A car pulled up and a lady got out, she was the dogs owner and had been looking for him. I helped her put him in some plastic and in the truck of her car and that was it. I'll never forget that poor dog.

    I'm just so happy he didn't lay there and die alone. I'm so proud I was there to show him a bit of love n his last minutes. That was about 2 years ago and I still cry for that dog.
  4. Quote:I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one who will not let an animal die alone. I have held so many animals through their last moments, I actually had someone ask me why I would do that for an ANIMAL??? I said because I would not want to die alone, and afraid!!! I also will never forget them. [​IMG]
  5. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I came up on a dog that had just been hit one time. I didn't see it get hit, thank God, but as I drove up I saw it lying beside the road moving. So I did the only thing I knew to do... I rushed it to the vet! The vet later said that if I hadn't taken it then, if I had looked for the owners first, the dog would have died because it's lungs were filling with fluid. I was able to find the dog's owner too, which was a double blessing!
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  6. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    I had the exact thing happen to me last spring. I was on my way to work and the car in front of me hit a deer. (Very common on the road we live on because it is bordered by state land) The guy stopped got out looked at his car, got back in and drove away!!:eek: The whole time I am watching this poor deer with two broken back legs drag itself into the ditch. Now I know better than to approach an injured deer. Trust me they will kick and it hurts!! So anyway the ditch was too steep for it to go too far. I called DH and told him to get the sherrif out right away. Not sure how it goes elsewhere but in MN even if the deer is injured and you shoot it to put it out of its misery it is still poaching. Anyway had to wait 28 minutes for the stupid sherrif to arrive even though the court house is right in town!! [​IMG] He took care of the deer and I went to work but still think about that poor doe almost every day as I drive past that spot!
  7. Shrader

    Shrader Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    That's so awful. Sorry to hear that.
  8. beefy

    beefy Flamingo Daddy-o

    Apr 21, 2007
    South Georgia
    i hit one on my way to college one time out in the middle of no where, right on a curve. i turned around and it was still in the middle of the road trying to get up. all i had was a leadrope in my car to kill it with. i got out to strangle it and it crawled out of the road and when it got on grass it was able to regain its footing and hobbled off into the woods. i'm sure it died, but i at least got it out of the road before someone else hit it.
  9. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I've seen a few deer and elk hit, but after the fact. However, driving to school one day in high school, I saw a man run across the freeway and get struck. I had to be a witness as well. it is truly shocking the power of an automobile at that speed. [​IMG]
  10. k0xxx

    k0xxx Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    North Central Arkansas
    3am in the morning and I nailed a deer, dead center of my grill at 70 mph. I didn't have to worry about putting it out of it's misery, but my insurance agent... well that was another story.

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