(CHP press release)
On the morning May 5, 2014, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area investigated two injury traffic collisions involving deer within an hour.
At approximately 7:35 A.M., Ms. Erika Kroenlein of Bishop, California, was driving her Ford Ranger northbound on US-395, north of Buckeye Road, north of Bridgeport, at approximately 60 miles per hour (MPH). Mr. Ralph Owens of Carson City, Nevada, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on US-395, north of Buckeye Road, at approximately 60 MPH, north of Ms. Kroenlein’s vehicle. As the two vehicles approached each other, a deer ran westbound across the roadway directly into the path of Ms. Kroenlein’s vehicle. Ms. Kroenlein had no time to react and the front of her vehicle collided with the deer.
The force of the impact launched the deer in a north easterly direction where it collided with Mr. Owens motorcycle. The motorcycle traveled off the roadway and Mr. Owens was ejected. Ms. Kroenlein was able to move her vehicle safely out of traffic. Mono County Paramedic Fire/Rescue Seven from Bridgeport, Mono County Sheriff’s Department and CHP responded to the scene. Ms. Kroenlein was uninjured. Mr. Owens suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Medic Seven to the Sonora California Department of Transportation facility. Mr. Owens was subsequently transported by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center.
At approximately 8:00 A.M., Ms. Michaela Morado of Mammoth Lakes, California, was driving her Ford Fusion southbound on US-395, south of SR-203, at approximately 70 MPH. A deer ran westbound across lanes and collided with the left side of Ms. Morado’s vehicle. After the collision, Ms. Morado was able to drive her vehicle to the right shoulder. Mono County Paramedic Fire/Rescue Three, from Mammoth Lakes, a Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy and CHP responded to the scene. Ms. Morado sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision and was transported by Medic Three to Mammoth Hospital.
Lieutenant R. D. Cohan, CHP Bridgeport Area commander, added “As winter comes to an end we are beginning to see an increase in collisions involving wildlife. Unfortunately, these two collisions serve as a reminder of some of the potential dangers of driving in rural areas. Please remember to watch your speed and watch for wildlife”.
Lt. Cohan also said that in addition to the injuries sustained by both drivers, both deer were pregnant. He said, “We share this beautiful area with wildlife. I hope all drivers respect that ‘we’ are in their natural habitat, and I hope exercise appropriate respect, when possible.”