LEEDS — Utah Highway Patrol troopers had to put down a deer Tuesday night after the animal survived a collision with a Cadillac STS on Interstate 15.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., the occupants of the Cadillac were traveling northbound on I-15 near Silver Reef and Leeds when a deer ran across the roadway in front of them and they were unable to avoid hitting the animal, UHP Lt. Shawn Hinton said.
No injuries were sustained by the occupants of the vehicle but the collision caused damage to the left side of the Cadillac, Hinton said.
The deer survived the impact with injuries, and UHP troopers had to put the animal down at the scene. After surviving such a collision, a deer will suffer and typically die shortly after the accident, Hinton said.
About 90 percent of deer that are hit by cars die on impact, Hinton said. When a deer runs out in front of a vehicle, it’s difficult to avoid colliding with the animal.
“Even when you slow down you can’t control where the animal is going to go,” Hinton said.
Swerving or overcorrecting when encountering a deer on the road can result in a rollover or more serious accident, he said.
“It’s better to go right through on impact when you encounter an animal and plant the brake,” he said. “Don’t swerve.”
Excessive speed was not a factor in this incident, Hinton said.
He advised drivers to be cautious, especially around posted deer crossing areas.
Deer collision tips
- Do not swerve
- Plant your brake
- Push through into collision
- Be aware of deer crossing areas
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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