Woman trying to avoid deer dies in crash

Authorities said a woman trying to avoid hitting a deer caused a crash that killed her and injured two other people.
AP Wire
Nov 12, 2012


The crash happened about 9:30 a.m. Monday on southbound U.S. 131 in Kent County's Plainfield Township, about seven miles north of Grand Rapids.

Sheriff's Sgt. Roger Zoppa said the woman slammed on her car's brakes when she saw the deer. Zoppa said a car behind the woman was unable to stop and rear-ended the woman's car.

The woman ended up pinned in her car in a ditch and died at the scene, Zoppa said. Her name wasn't immediately released.

Zoppa said two people in the second car were taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and treated for minor injuries.



This is a very unfortunate event. My heart goes out to the family of the deceased. I am sorry for your loss. I too have also lost family and friends in such innocuous events. I am also somewhat aware of a requirement of road safety and traffic laws, and feel bad for the injured driver of the "second" car who "was unable to stop and rear-ended the woman's car". Michigan law suggests that "Failure to stop with assured clear distance" requires a ticket. Please, whenever we put our vehicles on the road - keep a safe distance. S*1T doesn't happen often, but it DOES at the worst possible moment. Winter is coming, road conditions will get worse.


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