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Car collision with a deer

I hit a deer crossing the highway when returning from a rodeo in Rockyford Alberta on Friday, 26Jul2013. It was midnight,and I was travelling East at 100 km/hour (I always use speed control for highway driving), when the deer came out of the North (left, driver's side) ditch of the road. The [weather, road, visibility] conditions were perfect, so they were not factors. It was midnight, so visibility was a bit reduced, but the deer was clearly visible to me. In spite of bright headlights and the noise the car must have been making, it just continued straight ahead at a run. This was strange for me - it was like watching an inevitable disaster happen. I wasn't going to take a chance at careening around the deer, so I plough straight through, hitting it with the left front of my van (driver's side). I slowed to a stop, but didn't see the deer and thought it had somehow survived and ran off. So I started picking up plastic vehicle front-end parts strewn over the road (headlight and turn signal plastic enclosures, and half of my plastic grill in pieces). Halfway through, I finally saw the deer lying absolutely motionless in the ditch on the side of the impact, clearly dead.

I was lucky that there wasnt a great deal more damage. Too bad that I wasn't prepared to recover good meat - it's a shame to let an animal go to waste (at least I've signed my organs over in case I die in an accident).

Date: ~24:00 (midnight) Friday 26Jul2013
Car: GM Express 3500 van, 2007 (christened "Moby Dick" by Birdie in Ottawa).
Location : on the two lane 561 highway, just 900 meters West of the intersection with Highway 842 that goes South to Cluny, and roughly 15 km from my home town of Hussar.

Hussar on the map of South-Central Alberta

Van - front end & pieces

Ditch that the deer came out of (to the left where the shrubs are, before the van).

Video - Car hits & kills deer near Hussar
Note that the video player with my web browser doesn't work as well as another program on my computer. You may also have to open this link with video player that differs from your default web browser video application, if you see images that are fuzzy, or that appear in double with your browser viewing.

The video is raw, unprocessed and completely amateur, as I have only started taking videos. At least it's a start - as my previous video posting,
"14Feb12 Venus et Mars - au dela d'une histoire d'amour (video 240 Mbytes)", only consisted of still images (pictures taken from books, the internet, PowerPoint-like software, and graphics programs) and audio (music CDs, voice recordings).

Many more photos are available in a directory, accessible through the link below...

posted 28Jul2013, modified 29Jul2013 to add description of conditions and name of vehicle

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