Driver hurt avoiding deer in road

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Platte City, Mo., was hospitalized Saturday night after swerving to avoid a deer in the roadway on I-29 Highway near its intersection with I-435 and rolling her car.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said Yvonne Kittling, 31, was northbound on I-29 about 9 p.m. Saturday when she swerved to the right to avoid striking a deer and lost control of her vehicle. It traveled off the road, striking a bridge pillar and overturning at least twice before stopping.

Kittling was transported by ambulance to North Kansas City Hospital in apparently serious condition. However, a nursing supervisor at the hospital said late Sunday afternoon that Kittling had been treated and released.

Last year, according to the Highway Patrol, there were nearly 4,000 car crashes involving deer, killing five people and injuring over 400. Most deer strikes occur between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. The Patrol urges drivers to try to remain calm when they encounter deer in the roadway, and reminds them that trying to avoid the animals often results in a more serious crash.



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