Man Killed By Deer Through Windshield

By: Elyse Molstad Email
By: Elyse Molstad Email

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Every year, nearly 10,000 automobile accidents in Kansas are deer-related. Three percent of those crashes are fatal. While some of these can be prevented, authorities say not much could have been done to prevent Wednesday night's tragedy.

A Scott City man was killed in western Kansas when a deer careened off another car and smashed through his windshield.

"It's just the fact the animal was there, it was struck and in this case it
actually involved two vehicles instead of one," said KHP Trooper Ron Knoefel.

Thirty-one-year-old Jason Kanak died Wednesday night after a deer hit by another vehicle flew into the windshield of his pickup truck on Highway 4 in Scott County. The State Highway Patrol says the deer went completely through the truck and out the back window.

Kanak's wife, Lisa, was able to grab the steering wheel and get the truck back onto the road after it swerved into a ditch. Lisa Kanak and the couple's 4-year-old son were taken to a Scott County hospital for possible injuries.

While accidents like this may be rare, Trooper Knoefel says they still happen.

"In many cases, we'll have crashes out here that make you wonder how in the world did it happen…but they do! It's a very low percent chance something like this would take place but it did, it did take place," Trooper Knoefel said.

While authorities say this accident could not have been prevented, other deer-related crashes can be, by constantly being on the lookout for deer while driving and lowering travel speed at night.

If you are confronted by a deer or any animal on the road, you should not swerve, but rather decelerate carefully and stay in your lane.

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