Driver Swerves to Avoid Hitting Deer on Hwy 195; Rolls Four Times - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Driver Swerves to Avoid Hitting Deer on Hwy 195; Rolls Four Times

SPOKANE, Wash.- At least one person was involved in a rollover crash that killed a deer in south Spokane County.  It happened just south of Mullen Hill Road on Highway 195 at around midnight.

According to Washington State Patrol troopers at the scene, the driver was heading southbound on Highway 195 and saw a deer in the roadway. The driver tried to avoid hitting the deer, but was not able to get completely out of the way, hitting and killing that deer.

During the course of the driver's attempts to swerve out of the way, the driver rolled the vehicle at least four times and ended up about 40' off the roadway on the west side of the highway.

Troopers say incredibly, the driver was not seriously injured. It's unclear whether there was anyone else in the vehicle, but troopers say no person involved in this crash was seriously hurt.

According to the American Science Institute, each year, about 200 people are killed in as many as two million wildlife-related crashes at a cost of more than $8 billion. The average cost of a deer collision is $8,000, including repair, towing and cleaning up the carcass, while hitting an elk averages $18,000. If the driver strikes a much larger moose, expenses average about $30,000.

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