A deer, pregnant and carrying two fawns and running from a field, ran into a van driving down Route 19 in Belmont going through the window and landing in the van.
Scot Marecgauz was headed down state Route 19 on his way to work when it happened. At the last minute Monday morning, She saw the deer running full speed toward his van, but it was too late to react.
“I was in Belmont, outside of town, and I was coming (south) on Route 19. It turns into 55 zone right by the jail. There’s a Dollar General there and that’s where it happened,” Marechaux said Saturday. “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw these two deer running. I just caught the movement and the two deer were just running flat out. I didn’t even have a chance to hit my brakes.
“The next thing I knew, there was an explosion. The deer hit in the side of the van. All the glass exploded,” he said. “At the side of the van there’s a side door. It broke that one. “Then it exploded out the back window onto the ground.”
Marechaux said the accident happened in half a second.
“The traffic on Route 19 is pretty busy at that time even in in the morning. There were quite a few cars coming at me and I was paying attention to them,” Marechaux said. “Fortunately, I wasn’t (hurt), because the whole van was full of glass inside. There was glass everywhere, up on the dash, everywhere.”
Marechaux said it hit the side of the van, spun around inside then went out the back.
“I didn’t have any coffee yet, but I didn’t need any after that,” he joked. “I’m surprised I didn’t get glass in my eyes, there was so much of it in the van.”
The deer that hit and went through his van was carrying two fawns, Marechaux said. He said he wasn’t sure why the deer were running that fast.