A deer crashed through the windshield of a car and out the back window, seriously injuring the young woman driving.
Like many college students, Courtney K. Robinson, 23, of Leeton, MO, was home for the Thanksgiving break when a deer suddenly crossed her path. Not only did the deer damage her car, but the student is recovering in the hospital from the powerful blows her body took from the animal.
"It's very unusual. The highway department and sheriff's department say they have had over 30 years experience and never seen anyone survive something like this," Marcy Robinson, Courtney Robinson's mother, said.
Dramatic pictures show what's left of Courtney Robinson's small silver car after it took a direct hit from a deer that actually went through her windshield and out the back.
"You are going to see a remarkable, blessed, angels surrounding a kid because I don't see how anyone could have survived something like this. The deer came through windshield, it doesn't matter how small or big it was because the impact was on her," Marcy Robinson said.
Marcy Robinson has been by her daughter's side in a Kansas City hospital since the accident on Thanksgiving night. Courtney Robinson has two broken wrists, a broken back and 100 stitches to her face.
"First couple of days, she couldn't see, she can't move. She's basically unable to do anything for herself," her mother said.
Courtney Robinson is a senior at University of Central Missouri studying theater arts. She went to Jefferson City to visit her sister for Thanksgiving and was on her way back home to Leeton, MO, when the deer jumped out in front of her on Missouri Highway 13, just south of Warrensburg, MO.
The accident happened just before 7 p.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Courtney Robinson was driving a 1997 Honda Accord, heading south, when she struck a deer.
Authorities said the impact caused the deer to strike the front windshield, then travel through the windshield, strike her and exit through the rear window. Her vehicle then struck a pile of rocks and came to rest. She was wearing a seatbelt.
"Deer don't have an idea what vehicles are and they are just thinking of getting across the road to the next feeding pasture or whatever they're looking for, so it's very dangerous and happens so quickly," her mother said.
Courtney Robinson is scheduled to have back surgery on Friday, and doctors are hopeful she will walk again. Her mother said she's in good spirits.
"She is a vibrant, beautiful, exciting, just whirlwind type of girl. College is fun for her, but life in general has been real exciting. She said, ‘Mom, I've never broken a bone or had a cavity and look at what I've done to myself," Marcy Robinson said.
Courtney Robinson was working a part-time job to pay for school and doesn't have insurance. Her college friends have set up a trust fund to help pay for her medical bills and rehabilitation costs at the Sunflower Bank in Leeton, MO, P.O. Box 227.
The danger of an accident like Courtney Robinson's happening is fairly great. Last year in Missouri, on average a driver hit a deer every 2 1/2 hours, meaning more than 3,500 crashes in all. Four people were killed in those crashed and nearly 380 people were hurt.
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