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Saanich woman drives home unaware a dead deer was stuck under her car

Dec 02 2011

Saanich police responded to a bizarre call from a driver who drove home with a dead deer stuck under her compact car.

The driver was heading down the Pat Bay Highway near Sayward Road around 8 p.m. Saturday night in a Honda Fit when she struck a 90-kg buck lying dead in the roadway, said police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

It’s unclear why the woman didn’t see the buck or stop when she felt a bump, Jantzen said.

The woman continued home to Cordova Bay, not knowing the large deer had become wedged under her car, despite unusual noises coming from the vehicle.

When she discovered the animal, she was unable to remove it because its horn was caught in the axle, Jantzen said.

She called Saanich police and the traffic officer called a tow truck.

Once the car was lifted, the buck dislodged. The officer dragged the bloody buck into the back of his patrol car to dispose of it.

“The traffic officer was left shaking his head,” Jantzen said. “It was the first time he had encountered something like that.”