Man injured in flipped vehicle trying to avoid deer

Published Sep 24, 2018 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF FLORENCE — An Annsville man was hospitalized when his car flipped over while trying to avoid a pair of deer on Taberg-Florence Road Sunday evening, according to area law enforcers.

Sheriff’s deputies said Eric T. Russell, 27, was northbound on Taberg-Florence Road at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday when two deer entered the roadway in his path.

Deputies said Russell swerved his 2013 Kia and managed to avoid the animals, but he lost control and his car overturned on the side of the roadway.

Deputies said Russell suffered an injury to his lower back and was taken to Rome Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Authorities advise drivers to hit the deer instead of swerving.

Modern motor vehicles are built to absorb the frontal impact, whereas swerving off the side of the road is more unpredictable, authorities said.