It happened when I was driving on the NYS Thruway at 65 on my way down to Lunacon. I just happened to look at the median and saw a deer, and immediately thought, “that thing looks like he’s going to try to cross the road.” Hit the brakes to slow down.
Sure enough, he went into the left lane (I was in the right). I kept braking, hoping it might stay in the left lane, but, at the last moment, when I was down to about 15 mph, he darted into my lane and crashed onto my bumper and hood.
I pulled to the side. He ran off. I didn’t pay any attention to him, though I later saw him lying on the grass on the side of the road.
The left front quarter panel was cracked (this is a Saturn, with plastic sides) and was detached from the bumper. There were also two cracks in the driver’s door; I think they were caused by his hoofs.
The woman behind us stopped and said she appreciated the fact we didn’t swerve. I guess she was in the left lane and I might have swerved into her.
The engine seemed fine, so we drove to the next rest stop and bought some duct tape to keep things from cracking any more. We actually completed the trip without other incident (though Mrs. Chuck was worried things might fall apart).
We got the insurance adjuster to look at it today. Now we have to figure out how to fix things.