The Buffalo Bill Downhill race is also nicknamed the “bloodspill.” Contestant Ryan Vitale now knows why. Reaching a speed of 40 miles per hour on his skateboard, Vitale slams into a deer on Lookout Mountain.
Vitale, who has been skateboarding for two years, says the deer just started running toward him.
“I knew I was going to hit it and I don’t remember what I did but I tackled it to the ground,” he said. “I was praying I didn’t break anything.”
Vitale says the deer broke his fall, leaving him with serious road rash, a sore body, but no broken bones.