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Kittitas County, Washington – One Man Injured After Snowmobile Collides with Deer

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Posted on March 3, 2020

Kittitas County, Washington (February 27, 2020) – One man was injured in a snowmobile crash that occurred in the West Fork of the Teanaway River on Thursday afternoon. According to the article from KIMA News, 36 year-old Lennon Atteberry from Bellevue sustained a broken left leg below the knee after he was thrown from snowmobile. Deputies and firefighters from the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office rescued Atteberry and he was later taken by ambulance to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to information from the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, Atteberry was riding a snowmobile with friends when he struck a deer in the road, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. Atteberry was also flung from the snowmobile and into a tree at the side of the road, resulting in leg injuries.

About Vehicle Accidents

Because roads can cross so many types of environments, an encounter with wildlife is very possible, especially in rural areas. Animals can move very fast and come bursting out onto the road in an unpredictable manner, and as a result a vehicle crash is a very common outcome out of unplanned encounters.  Deer are common culprits for wildlife collisions, and because of their relatively big sizes, they can cause considerable impact. Domestic animals can also be a cause for accident if they get onto the road. Pet owners as well as owners of farm animals should take care not to let their animals wander onto roads.

Depending on the animal that the vehicle comes in contact with, the amount of damage done can be very high, and in some case big animals are known to break through the windshield of cars. Apart from damage to vehicles, collision with animals can also result in injuries such as cuts from broken glass and other blunt force injuries. Because of this, we would like to urge people to be more careful on the road, especially on roads that are known to intersect with the territory of wildlife. Drivers are warned to be especially cautious when driving on roads late at night, as animals are known to be active during this hour. Apart from the danger of colliding with an animal, there is also the danger of some drivers swerving to avoid collision and crashing their vehicles in the process. To this, drivers are recommended to brake if the animal is smaller, and to swerve if the animal is bigger and has a chance of crushing the vehicle should a collision occur.