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Pregnant Woman Who Swerved To Miss Deer Loses, Then Finds, Dog

A cherished family pet is back with it's family a day after being ejected from a car in an accident.

Ashley Terbeek was driving in Western Michigan when a deer jumped in the road. She swerved and crashed into a tree 300 feet off the road. Isa, a 130-pound Rottweiler, was ejected from the car. Family and friends searched for the dog after the accident, but feared the worst.

The next day Isa was seen roaming a neighborhood near where Terbeek crashed.

Terbeek, who is five months pregnant, is still in the hospital after suffering a broken leg and several broken ribs in the crash, Fox 17 reported. Her husband Ross reunited her with Isa via cellphone.

As we enter fall and winter, deer's most active time of year, it's very important drivers are alert and driving defensively. Deer are dangerous. Collisions between automobiles and deer are responsible for approximately 150 fatalities and about $1.1 billion in property damage every year in the USA, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Of course, driving defensively and always wearing your seatbelt are good rules of thumb for any occasion, but especially during deer season. If a deer appears in front of your car, slow down and honk your horn with one long blast to frighten it away. If it appears suddenly, brake firmly.

Don't swerve as you may lose control of the vehicle or hit another car.

Remember deers travel in herds, so if you see one deer on the side of the road there is probably more nearby. If you can't stop in time, hit the deer. It may seem cruel, but you will do less damage to yourself or others. If you hit the deer don't approach it, because it might still be alive, and immediately call the police.




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      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as the dog is ok...yeah let's swerve and hit a tree. Good job... Also I understand why you see deer in places that are developed. It will forever blow my mind as to why, in the middle of an off-season, why you see about the same amount of them in areas with a town population of 15,000.
      arayamm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Deers are stupid, humans certainly are! But in this case I applaud her decision to hit the tree as opposed to the deer, I would have done the same thing. I am so happy to hear that Isa is back with her family, but they didn't mention, how she was, was she injured?
        rbdhunter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @arayamm
        Well, really stupid is choosing to hit the tree, which could have killed her instead of the deer. She was still in the hospital at the time of this story. You have a lot better chance surviving a accident hitting a deer than a tree. A human life is much more important than an animals (especially a pregnant one, not to mention your passangers). Besides you could at least get dinner out of the accident! ;-)
      OH NOBLE ONE!!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where I live deer are a constant, and I live on a busy state highway. Watch for them and slow down, deer are very stupid!
      Donny
      • 1 Year Ago
      In Texas, if you hit a deer and kill it. You cannot take the deer away without a hunting license. And if it is not deer season...guess what? You are guilty of Hunting without a license. You have to leave it there...for the DPS units to drive up, dismember it and take it home...or the local Sheriff's deputies.
      captainmorse
      • 1 Year Ago
      Deer are NOT stupid...and God has nothing nothing to do with Allowing this tragic Accident as it was so aptly put. Lets look at in this perspective We [Man] are driving on roads that are going through the lands for which all other animals, including Deer habitat. Deer occupy a much larger area due to their ability to move through these areas in search for food, especially as winter approaches and snow covers the ground. They do not know what cars are and can do, and often time when confronted by one bearing down on them a deer will do what many humans will do.....FREEZE in total fear. Please remember Animals are not invading YOUR territory...you are invading THEIR territory. Please use common sense when driving through known areas of deer crossings....SLOW DOWN...BE AWARE, BE PREPARED, BE CAREFULL. Hitting a full grown Buck can do a tremendous amount of damage.
      • 1 Year Ago
      it's not the deer that are the issue, it's that we keep developing into the land they're supposed to live on. where the hell else do they have to go but the road?
      denver88
      • 1 Year Ago
      enough with the god thing, if you persist, why did god allow this tragic accident, try thinking,
      • 1 Year Ago
      oh my dear god.
      Vito
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interestingly, if you hit a deer its a comprehensive claim utilizing your comprehensive deductible. (mine is $50) Comp claims in general will not raise your insurance rates. But if you swerve to miss a deer and have a car accident it is a collision claim at your collision deductible (mine is $500) and it raises your insurance rates for the next 5 years. My agent told me to hit the deer instead of a tree or ditch. Sad but true.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vito
        that's really disgusting. I hate this world.
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a great story, thanks for airing it. I wish I could see the follow up, they should make the man who found them the god father to their child.