A fast-thinking motorist prevented what may have been a much more severe crash Monday morning after she struck and killed a deer that darted in entrance of her SUV.

Howell police praised Melissa Misthal, a 36-year-old township resident, after the shut encounter with the deer alongside Route 9. Misthal was driving south close to Bergenville Street when the deer ran onto the street. 

A deer landed within the again seat of an SUV after being struck and killed by an SUV on Rotue 9 in Howell on Monday. Police praised the driving force for avoiding a probably worse crash. (Howell police) 

Whereas the deer landed within the again seat of her automobile after going airborne, crashing by the entrance windshield and collapsing the roof, Misthal managed to keep calm sufficient to navigate the Toyota RAV4 safely onto the shoulder, police stated. 

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“After the collision and regardless of the harm, her being injured and never understanding if the deer was nonetheless alive, Melissa had the composure (to deliver) her automobile to a secure cease within the shoulder of the street,” Howell police stated.

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Misthal was handled for a minor damage. 

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“We reward the actions of Melissa,” police stated.” This had the potential of being lethal not just for her however for different motorists as properly. She did every little thing proper.” 

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