I hit a deer.
Had a friend over this afternoon and was taking her home. It’s dark, I’m going about 50 along a 4-lane road. A deer runs left to right across in front of me, and I react by swerving a bit left and hitting the brakes. Which meant that I hit the second deer, right behind the first one, broadside right on the hood. Had to still be going about 45 at impact.
Good news: No human injuries. The car coasted a good quarter mile down the road to a convenient parking lot entrance, so I didn’t block traffic. Didn’t go back to check on the deer but the road looked clear, as best I could see in the dark, so it probably survived. Both the state trooper and tow truck dude were awesome, made the reporting and towing process as painless as possible under the circumstances.
Bad news: The engine died immediately and wouldn’t restart. The hood is crumpled and one headlight shattered. I suspect it’s repairable, but no idea how long it will take or whether the cost will total the car (2010 Toyota Yaris, blue book is only about $3k). I have no other car, so it’s gonna be rental for me until this is all worked out.
Too dark to get any worthwhile pictures with my crappy phone camera, but I’ll post some whenever I see the car again. Tomorrow I get to have fun with the insurance claim process, wish me luck!