Two Loudon County women were sent to the hospital Thursday after an unusual car accident with a deer.
Around 6 p.m., one of the women was driving her Rav 4 southbound on Clairborne Parkway near the ramp to the Dulles Greenway. A deer ran out into the road in front of her vehicle and she struck the deer. The deer was tossed into the air and flung towards the side of the road.
The second woman was jogging along on the path next to the parkway and was struck by the airborne deer.
The injured animal ran off into the woods next to the path. The 71-year-old driver and the 27-year-old jogger were taken to Lansdowne Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital for treatment. Both were released from the hospital Friday.
The deer was later found dead by a man who lives in the neighborhood next to where the accident took place. Andrew Disilvestre, whose home backs up to the path, noticed the car accident on his way home Thursday night.
Friday morning he noticed something out his back window. “There were some big vultures flying around and I noticed a dead deer," said Disilvestre.
Local residents were not surprised to hear someone hit a deer, but were surprised to hear the deer hit a jogger. They wondered at the odds of that happening. Other joggers joke that now besides watching out for vehicles, they need to watch out for flying deer as well.