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Driving across the state tonight from Seattle to Pullman (to visit the folks) we hit a deer.

Milepost 125 on State Route 26. It had actually been hit by someone else already, and was laying (most likely already dead) in my lane. Due to the rain, and being late at night (10:45pm) I didn't see it until it was too late.

First impulse was to dodge left, which would have allowed me to avoid the carcas, but there were oncoming cars so it would have been worse. Dodged right as much as possible as I was hitting the breaks, and ended up hitting it primarily with my front left wheel (rear wheel just barely clipped it).

Quite a jolt, but end result was nobody hurt (my wife might have a little whiplash due to my breaking, but nothing serious) and I can't find any damage to the MO. Not even to the plastic tranny scoop. From what I can see with a flashlight, I just have a little bit of deer hair and guts splattered about. No paint scratches, no dents, no flat tire, no nothing. Also didn't seem to mess up the alignment at all. I'm impressed!

The MO handled very well in the situation. Wet pavement, hard breaking, and a pretty hard jolt to the left front wheel. Continued straight and true, I felt like I was in control at all times. I managed to slow down from 65mph to about 30mph before impact, and felt the ABS kick in on the wet pavement.

Two other cars stopped to see if we were OK and help drag the carcas off the side of the road. Still not sure who originally hit the thing, they were most likely worse off than we were.

Anyway, nice wake-up call! Very pleased things turned out the way they did. Tomorrow, in the daylight, I'll check out the MO more thoroughly and make sure to wash off the guts well so they don't eat through the paint.
 

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Yikes! :D
Good to hear eveyone is ok, but the poor deer got murdered~


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It's good to see the MO and it's occupants came out unscathed (which is more than you can say about the deer).

Make sure you hose down the wheel wells and undercarriage. Decaying deer "stuff" can stink once it begins to rot.

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i hit a deer before.. not with my mo.. but with my 96 blazer.. it completely totaled the front.. that was the scariest thing ever...
glad that everybody's ok...
 

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You were very lucky you did not hit a live deer. That would have caused major damage to the front end. It would give the deer a hell of a headache as well! :D
 

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Eric L. said:
You were very lucky you did not hit a live deer. That would have caused major damage to the front end. It would give the deer a hell of a headache as well! :D
Yeah, no kidding. There wasn't another car around, so I'm not sure who actually hit it originally. I did notice a car off the side of the road about a quarter mile before the deer, so perhaps it was them, but they seemed to still have a running car at least, and both headlights were on (from what I remember).

Hitting a live deer, at any speed, is a very bad situation. Hitting a dead deer is a much BETTER situation, but still not one that I would recommend hoping for anytime soon... ;)
 
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