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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 22:25

Every Day, a Car Hits a Deer in WI; 2nd Week of Nov. Among Most Dangerous on WI Roads

Written by Joe Taschler, Paul Gores and Andrew Mollica, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Todd Gillette, owner of Gillette’s Collision Center in Waukesha, works on a repair estimate for a 2008 Chevy Tahoe. The SUV recently collided with a a white-tailed buck deer. The SUV's owner, Ryan Hunkins of Mukwonago, said his wife was driving when the buck jumped over a median barrier on I-43 and was struck by the SUV in midair. Todd Gillette, owner of Gillette’s Collision Center in Waukesha, works on a repair estimate for a 2008 Chevy Tahoe. The SUV recently collided with a a white-tailed buck deer. The SUV's owner, Ryan Hunkins of Mukwonago, said his wife was driving when the buck jumped over a median barrier on I-43 and was struck by the SUV in midair. Michael Sears, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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"I remember one night working third shift, and a deer ran into the side of my squad," Hoell said. "I never saw it come out (onto the road). I remember it hit so hard and made such a loud bang [that] I darn near jumped out of my uniform.

 

"Sometimes the speed at which they are running makes [it] hard to see [them] cross a road before it is too late.”

 

Deer can run about 30 mph.

 

No one is immune, including the folks who repair deer crash damage.

 

"There was a 6-pointer that even ran out in front of me last night," Gillette said.

 

We thank Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for reprint permission.


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