If You Ever Hit A Deer, Make Sure It's Dead

2021.10.18 07:29 HeadOfSpectre If You Ever Hit A Deer, Make Sure It's Dead

Transcript of an interview with Hank Scott, regarding an accident he had with a deer on June 13th, 2015. Interview dated August 2nd, 2019
Interview conducted by Autumn Driscoll for the Small Town Lore Podcast.

Driscoll: And we’re rolling! Thank you, for taking the time to speak with me Mr. Scott, I really appreciate it!

Scott: Yup ‘Course.

Driscoll: Could you state your name again, just for the record?

Scott: Hank Scott.

Driscoll: Thanks! So, the deer. Do you remember when you encountered it?

Scott: Damn right I remember. June 13th, 2015, around 10 PM. Was out on the highway, headed back from work. Worked a late shift back then, in one of the factories not too far from where I lived. Was alright. Good work. Was getting a little old for it back then though.

Driscoll: Do you remember exactly where you saw the deer?

Scott: Somewhere along one of the back roads. Adjacent to Highway 24. Lot of deer in that area. Seen a few before, usually off to the side of the road. It’s not unheard of to hit one. But never had before.

Driscoll: You ever hear any odd stories about the deer around there?

Scott: Odd stories?

Driscoll: Y’know, deer that didn’t act quite right? Other incidents, kinda like what happened to you? Stuff like that.
Scott: Uh… One or two, maybe. Small stuff, over the years. Deer making odd sounds, eating meat, behaving in all sorts of strange ways. None of it all that strange if you know a thing or two about deer.

Driscoll: What do you mean?

Scott: You know much about deer?

Driscoll: I can’t say that I do.

Scott: Well they’re weird fucking animals. Just about every strange account you hear about deer, well someone, somewhere has documented it as just something they do. Lotta people think of them as these graceful, majestic things. Fact is, they’re dumb and they’re weird. I’ll say this up front. I’m not entirely convinced that what I saw that night wasn’t just a completely normal deer. It sure didn’t act like any deer I’ve seen before, but they’re hard to predict and I’m no expert. Who’s to say?

Driscoll: Alright… Let’s talk about the deer. You saw it on Highway 24, right?

Scott: Yup. Was on my way back from work. There’s never really any lead up to these things. One minute, you’re on the highway and all's good. Next thing you know, there’s a fuckin’ deer in the road… It’s funny. Right before you hit an animal, any animal, time seems to slow down a bit. Seconds pass but you remember it all so clearly and take it all in. I suppose it’s got something to do with the way you form new memories or something… Anyway. I remember seeing the goddamn thing looking right at me as I drove up to it. Shiny eyes in the darkness. Big set of antlers. Damn thing just looked confused.

Well, naturally I hit the brakes. Tried to steer myself away from it. Didn’t do any good. Deer was right in the middle of the road. Nowhere to go. No time to stop. I hit it hard. Deer seem to bounce, when you hit them. I’ve seen it in dash cam footage. You hit them, and they just get launched. Was the same principal here. I hit it at an angle and sent it flying somewhere off to the side of the road. My car kept going and I eventually brought it to a stop, then I just sat there for a moment dumbstruck and trying to calm my nerves.

Driscoll: Sounds like it was terrifying.

Scott: Believe me when I tell you that it was. I don’t like hurting things. Still remember the first time I hit a possum… Poor thing, looked right at me before I ran it over. I still remember it. Still feel bad I couldn’t have missed it instead… Wasn’t too happy to have hit a deer. Figured I’d killed it and figured it had fucked up my front end too. I remember taking a look out my driver's side window and seeing it in the darkness, lying on the road. Couldn’t tell if it was alive or dead. Figured it was dead…

Driscoll: Did you get out of the car?

Scott: No. Was about to, but didn’t get the chance. Suppose it might’ve killed me if I did. I just sat there for a while, trying to process what had happened and calm my nerves. I was just itching for a cigarette and I probably wasn’t even thinking when I lit it up. Then, once I was halfway through my smoke I took one more look over at that deer and got ready to get out. I didn’t even get the door open though when I noticed that the deer had stood up.

Driscoll: Stood up? Unharmed?

Scott: Maybe… See, I’ve heard of deer getting hit and then running off. Always assumed they went off to die somewhere. Never in my life heard of one standing up on two legs, though.

Driscoll: On two legs?
Scott: It was standing on its hind legs. Upright. Like a man. Front legs were hanging in front of it… One of them was only barely attached to it, but it didn’t seem to notice that. I could see its eyes shining but I don’t recall there being any other light around. It was looking right at me. Staring me right the fuck down… Thought better of getting out of my car, then. He didn’t look too happy.

Driscoll: I imagine he wasn’t...

Scott: No shit. Bastard charged me after about a moment or so. Came at me right on his hind legs and hit the car right on the back end. Felt like I’d been hit by a truck. I don’t know if it was adrenaline or what but my car moved. Fishtailed right off the road. That deer was a whole hell of a lot stronger than he looked and he wasn’t done yet. I was panicking by then, trying to get to the other side of the car. Looking for my cell phone in my pocket. I almost got it when he hit me again, ramming my car with his antlers and pushing it towards the edge of the road. I remember those antlers went right through the body of the car. They shattered the back windows and the car moved.

I dropped my phone around then. Just had it out of my pocket. Didn’t have time to find it before he hit me again, and again. You can see it in the pictures, whole back side of the car is dented to hell. Looks like I got hit by a fucking train but I swear to God it was just one wounded deer.

Driscoll: Jesus…

Scott: Yeah… Couple more hits and I was off the road. Next thing I know, the cars falling. Rolled right off the side of the road and into a ravine. Landed upside down. I got banged up in the process… Legs got pinned… Seatbelt was stuck. But I could see the deer, standing right at the top of the ravine. Eyes still shining in the darkness. Felt like it was studying me, trying to figure out if I was dead or not…

Driscoll: What did you do?

Scott: The fuck could I have done? I was stuck. Car was totaled. Doors wouldn’t open. And that deer was deciding if he wanted to have another shot at me or not… I kept quiet. Tried not to scream. Tried to be as quiet as I could so he’d think I was dead… Guess it wasn’t enough for my friend out there. He came down to check.

Driscoll: Jesus…

Scott: Yeah, that’s who I was praying to. It slides down the side of the ravine and I can see the hooves walking around my car. I can hear the sounds it was making. Huffs and chirps. Its footsteps were… Erratic. It walked with a bit of a limp, dragging its left foot behind it. I could feel it knocking on the car, as if it was trying to get a response… I just stayed silent. Prayed to whatever God was listening that it wouldn’t hear me, or figure out I wasn’t dead yet… After a while, I saw some headlights passing up above and it paused for a bit. Didn’t stick around after that. I didn’t see just where it went so I wasn’t sure if it was gone or not. I hoped like hell that it was, though.

Driscoll: What did you do next?

Scott: Well, after things had been quiet for a bit I started moving. Tried to get my seatbelt undone. After a while I succeeded in that regard only to drop down and hit my head against the roof of the car… Didn’t do my legs any favors. Just seemed to make things worse, actually. Breaking both your legs at once isn’t fun. Hurt like a motherfucker… I assume the fall broke them, but having myself just hanging there just made it worse. I recall screaming at one point… Then trying to make myself quiet when I thought I heard something moving outside. I kept looking for the deer… Didn’t see anything. Still, didn’t want to take any chances.

Driscoll: I can’t blame you… How did you get out?

Scott: I didn’t. Not on my own, at least… I just stayed there, hanging until I could see daylight through my broken windows. Wasn’t long after that that another car found me and called for help. They brought in fire trucks, an ambulance. Managed to rip my car open and get me out, then they got me to a hospital.

Driscoll: I see… Is that where…
Scott: That’s where I lost my legs, yes. Damage was bad. Too bad to fix. It was either life with legs that might never work again, or life with a new set of legs that might not break so easy. Not an easy choice… But I’ve got no regrets. It’s hard. Losing a limb is a difficult thing to live through. Glad I did live through it, though.

Driscoll: What about the deer?
Scott: What about it? I never saw it again, if that’s what you’re asking. Could be it went off into the woods to die. Could be it’s still out there, hopping around on three legs. Guess we each took something from the other… If you’re wondering if I want revenge or something stupid like that, I don’t. Got better things to do with my time than go all Captain Ahab on some fucking deer… Or on something that looked like a deer… Like I said, it’s entirely possible it was just a deer. Deer are weird fucking animals.

Driscoll: But you don’t believe that, do you?

Scott: … No… Not entirely. One of the folks that picked me up out of that ravine said that my car looked it’d been taken out by a truck. Figured I’d been hit by a semi. Someone suggested that a semi had hit me after I’d hit the deer and everything I’d seen was just… Some sort of fever dream, I guess…
Driscoll: I take it you don’t believe that either.

Scott: I know what I saw. The deer was real. Of that I am absolutely certain. There was no truck. There was nobody else on the road but me. It was the deer.

Driscoll: I believe you.

Scott: Good… Then that’s all I got to say on the matter. Put it on your podcast. Tell everyone. Make sure they know. If you ever hit a deer, you make sure it’s dead. You go back and you hit it twice if you have to. Just make sure it’s dead. And if you don't, you better fucking run as far and as fast as you can… Cuz you might not be as lucky as I was to walk away with your life… That's all I've got to say.

End Recording
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