I’m sure everyone has their “I hit a deer…” story.
More than five years living on the Key Peninsula and I finally have mine.
But first things first.
The deer — a skinny fawn, really — is fine and ran off into the tall grass just north of the Longbranch Marina and before Rouse Road.
A fact: The deer really do jump out of nowhere and into the path of your moving vehicle.
Another fact: You do notice their eyes right before impact (in that deer in headlight pose).
Just this past weekend, my lovely bride and I watched another motorist pull over to revive a deer after they had hit it. There they were, knelt around the deer stroking it, before the animal leapt up and staggered away. The startled animal stopped for a split second, took one look at the humans on the side of the Key Peninsula Highway, and bounded away.
“Is it all right?” my lovely bride asked.
“I don’t know,” I responded.
“I wouldn’t know what to do if I ever hit one,” I added.
Now I do.