Crash with deer leaves gaping hole in car

Posted at 8:37 AM, Nov 16, 2016

Looking at these pictures, it's amazing to hear that the driver escaped with only minor cuts. 

The Erie County Sheriff's Office say this accident happened 7:30 Tuesday morning on the Northbound 219 in Boston, when a deer ran into the path of the vehicle.

The animal ended up in the passenger seat of car and the driver suffered cuts to her arm and head. Deputies say the deer died on impact.

Deputies urge drivers to be extra cautious while driving in high deer activity areas. Deer are very active in November as their breeding season is in full swing. Some good tips to remember - 

- Use extreme caution when driving at dawn or dusk, especially during fall months through December and when visibility is poor.

- Slow down when approaching deer standing near the roadside, as they may bolt at the last minute when a car comes closer, often running into the road.

- Deer often travel in groups, so if a deer is spotted crossing the road, be alert for others that may follow.

- Be alert and use caution when traveling through deer crossing areas which are usually marked with road signs.

- If a deer does run in front of the vehicle, it is advised to brake firmly but do not swerve. Swerving can cause a vehicle-vehicle collision or cause the vehicle to hit a fixed object such as a tree or pole.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has more on this problem in his reports.