HOWELL, NJ (Asbury Park Press) - The deer Ellen Sager hit was certainly not frozen in headlights.
Sager was driving her 2008 GMC Envoy on Oak Glen Road when she clipped the buck, which then tried to pry his way into her truck, police said.
Patrolman Nicholas Austin happened to be driving behind Sager, responding to another call, when he saw her pull over after tagging the deer, police said. Austin pulled in behind her to help.
While that was happening, "The same deer that Sager had just struck ran back across the roadway left-to-right and attempted to jump into Sager's vehicle as she opened the door," according to a statement from Chief Andrew Kudrick's office."Sager was still in the driver's seat with the door open as the deer attempts to climb over her and into the vehicle.
"In what appears to be a scene from a cheap comedy, Sager physically struggles with the rather large deer and has to kick the deer out of her vehicle and quickly close the door to keep it out," according to the statement. "Patrolman Austin was nearly as surprised as Sager and the two shared a laugh after the incident."
Sager suffered a minor knee injury, police said. The deer died from the injuries it sustained in the collision.
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