Well, she almost made it a full year without hitting anything.
Bunny has not had the best track record when it comes to her car.
Not too long after getting her car (January 2014) she backed into a friend. Springtime had a school acquaintance sideswiping her. September 2014 she was run off the road and spun the Hummer. December 2014 she backed into another school mate. But mostly since then she has been good. Over the summer in Texas she did have someone back end her but she was stopped at a light. It wasn't her fault.
Because we have the most awesome body shop in Salida, Bunny waited until she got back here to get her back bumper repaired. She had it fixed mid October. Had just gotten it back all shiny and new.
And then. And then.
Last Thursday night Bunny stayed in town to visit with a friend. No school on Fridays here so she texted me at midnight and said she was on her way home. Ten minutes later the phone rang.
"I hit a deer."
Are you ok?
Is the deer ok?
I don't think so.
Is the car ok?
I haven't looked. O! Here's the sheriff. Thank goodness.
As she hung up on me I yelled to call if she needed me to come get her. About five minutes later I got a text.
"Come get me."
22º out. Almost 1am by the time I got to her.
Car was not ok.
Just "superficial" damage.
Deer was definitely not ok. The nice sheriff had to put him out of his misery.
Buck "sleeping" peacefully.
Bunny was shaken but unhurt.
$7000 worth of damage or, as the body shop says "not significant damage, mostly superficial". Huh? Seven thousand dollars is superficial?
Bunny is driving my car, I am in a rental. Repair time is scheduled to be two to three weeks once the parts arrive.
So now we are sweating repair time. Because three weeks puts us right at our scheduled departure time for Christmas.
Apparently if you hit a deer here you can ask for a permit to keep it. Unless it is a trophy deer. Which is exactly what Bunny hit. A 10 point buck. (In Texas. Or 5x5 buck here. 5x4½ after she hit it.) Not allowed to keep it then. One of Bunny's friends tried to pick it up but the game warden showed and took it away. O well.
definite gouge on the car from where it hit.
I was surprised how many people warned me to keep an eye on Bunny for PTSD since she hit and killed an animal. I guess what with having hunter relatives and also being around soooo many people that have hit soooo many deer, it's pretty much been a non issue. She hasn't been nervous driving at night and is only angry that her car is going to take so long to be repaired.
Wish some of those people had thought to mention that last year when she was run off the road. She is still anxious driving down our main road and practically freaks if I drive down faster than 10 mph. Definitely PTSD from that accident although had I never really thought about it like that, until now.
The other surprise? How many people were more concerned about the deer than the daughter.