Freak Deer Accident Kills Driver

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 17-year-old girl has been killed after a deer struck by another vehicle was flung into her minivan in west Michigan.
Michigan State Police tell The Grand Rapids Press that Barbara June Barnick of Ionia died following the crash at about 5:20 p.m. Sunday in Lowell Township. They said Barnick's 14-year-old nephew was a front seat passenger, and that a 1-year-old and a 9-year-old were in the back seat.
Police said the children were wearing seatbelts and that none suffered life-threatening injuries.
Police said a car passing in an eastbound lane struck a deer, which was catapulted across the road and collided with Barnick's 2008 Chrysler Town and Country. Her vehicle went off the road and hit a tree.
No further details were released.


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  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Nov 22, 2010 at 11:29 AM
    This is so sad and tragic, and it would be any time of year, but most especially right before the holidays. The three little ones in the car must've been utterly terrified and now have to deal with the overwhelming grief of losing a loved one, right in front of their innocent eyes. My heart and thoughts go out to this whole family in what I know has to be an incredibly difficult time. I hope they find a way to heal as quickly as possible.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    Tragic! My sincere condolences to the family of this young lady.
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