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Man dies when his vehicle collides with deer

A 41-year-old Sylvania man died when his car hit a deer in Burke County, spun around and struck some trees.
Roosevelt Mobley Jr., of Burtons Ferry Highway, was driving a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria when the accident occurred on Stoney Bluff Road, 2.8 miles east of Girard, at 11:45 p.m. on Sept. 1, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
While the accident was unusually severe, accidents involving deer are becoming more commonplace across the region. The Sylvania Telephone has been documenting the number of accidents involving deer that have been reported to the Screven County sheriff’s department each week for the last 14 months. The reports detail the street names and time of day.
 
It was clear, dry and dark on the two-lane road in Burke County when Mobley, traveling westbound, steered left very abruptly to try to avoid a deer, the state patrol’s report said. He struck the deer in the westbound lane, spun counter-clockwise as he crossed the eastbound lane and continued onto the southbound shoulder for 240 feet before side-swiping a tree with the front of the car.
 
The car traveled another 30 feet and began to roll over when it struck two more trees. The car stopped 24 feet south of the road, on its passenger side. The deer came to rest on the north side of the road.
 
The report said Mobley was wearing a shoulder and lap belt. The front air bag deployed and he was not ejected from the vehicle.
 
In Screven County, the number of accidents reported to the sheriff range from a high of 24 in October 2008 to a low of four in August 2008. During the last 14 months, only two months were in single digits. Kile said the accidents reported to the sheriff’s department are the tip of the iceberg. “That’s half of the ones actually hit,” in Screven County, he said. Many people do not report accidents with deer because they have high deductibles and don’t report them to their insurance. Also, some accidents are so minor that they don’t merit a report.
 
“A deputy hit one (a deer) last night,” Kile said Tuesday, breaking a parking light and falling below the threshold of a report. Earlier this year, a deputy struck a deer while traveling about 55 mph on a call, totaling the patrol car. The car was eight years old and had 190,000 miles on it and was worth about $7,000. Kile said the department kept it for spare parts.
 
The deputy, Steve Singleton, suffered a minor burn when the air bag deployed. That’s a typical injury from a deer accident, Kile said. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, they’re not hurt,” the sheriff said. “If they‘re hurt, it’s from the air bag. It scares the heck out of you.”
 
Kile said a deer hit his 1983 pickup truck and caused a big dent that he pulled out with a plunger. “I pulled it out right away,” he said, rather than reporting it to insurance. “It joined the rest of the dings,” on the truck.
 
Kile said he thinks the number of accidents involving deer has grown in recent years. “The deer population seems to increase, the hunting population goes down, therefore you have more” accidents, he said. “Twenty, 30 years ago, it was very rare.”
 
The sheriff said people should pay more attention to driving and treat it like work, not pleasure, especially at night and in areas where there are lots of deer. “Go slower,” he said. “Constantly look at the side of roads instead of listening to the radio and talking. Driving needs to be taken more seriously, for any time of the day, not just for deer.”
 
The Telephone tallies show that in Screven County in the last 14 months, 186 accidents involving deer have been reported to the sheriff’s department. In 2008, the numbers were: July, 10; August, 4; September, 13; October, 24; November, 14; and December, 15. In 2009, the numbers were: January, 12; February, 15; March, 12; April, 17; May, 13; June, eight; July 15; and August, 14.
 
The numbers don’t include reports of vehicles striking other types of animals. During the last 14 months in Screven County, motorists have reported five accidents involving dogs; one raccoon; one turkey; a bird; hogs; an “animal;” an “unidentified animal;” and a buzzard that broke a windshield.