Deputy: Don't leave scene of deer-car accident

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RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Reno County Sheriff's Office is advising drivers to report deer-car accidents.

"It's against the law to leave the scene of an accident. But, the main safety issue that we run into is that the deer could possibly still be laying on the road," said Deputy Kevin Sipe.

This morning, a deer was hit on Kansas highway 61, north of Hutchinson. The driver did not report the accident until she got to school, but not before more drivers hit the deer which was left on the road.

"Huge safety hazard. You take a person on a motorcycle, low light areas. If he doesn't see that deer, then you're looking at possibly turning into worse case scenario, a fatality or an injury accident," said Sipe.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 10,226 (17 percent) of the 58,834 vehicle crashes reported in 2017 were deer-related.

If you are involved in a deer-car crash, turn on your hazard lights and call police.

"There's nothing illegal about striking a deer. The issue becomes when you leave and leave it on the road," he said. "It's against the law to leave the scene of an accident, but the main safety issue that we run into is that the deer could possibly still be laying on the road."

Deer can either be picked up by KDOT, animal services, or by natural means. 

If you want the deer, you can request a salvage tag from law enforcement or Wildlife and Parks.

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