MONROE COUNTY- A Bushkill, Pike County man was killed and his wife injured after he struck a deer while driving on Route 209 north of Keystone Road on Saturday evening in Middle Smithfield Township.
The man, 60, hit the deer while traveling about 45 mph north on Milford Road, state Trooper Jesse Bachman said at the scene.
According to Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen, the deer, a large buck, broke through the windshield and the driver’s side window of the 2001 Toyota Camry, killing the driver. The couple were returning home from Mignosi’s supermarket, Allen said.
The driver’s wife grabbed the wheel, steering the car 1,900 feet down the road until the car slowed and she could guide it off the road and alongside a tree.
As passers-by gathered at the scene, someone stopped and carried off the buck.
"I’ve been in this business 30-some years, and that’s a first," said a disgusted Allen of someone taking a roadkill deer — which is evidence — from the scene of a fatal crash.
Police are searching for a white GMC truck that reportedly picked the deer up, Bachman said.
The driver died at the scene, and his wife was treated at Pocono Medical Center, though Bachman didn’t think her injuries were serious.
There were eight fatalities involving deer-vehicle crashes in the state last year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. That’s roughly an average year for the state. There were 41 total human fatalities between 2008 and 2012. - Pocono Record