Special Report filed by AAF Correspondent: Bill MayAnimal Attack Files Special Report
from The Charleston Gazette

      Man killed by deer sent airborne by another car

Saturday November 18, 2000

By The Associated Press

BRANDYWINE - A Franklin man was killed early Friday when a deer hit by a car traveling in the opposite direction crashed through his windshield and hit him in the head.

Jim Landes, 63, was killed instantly in the 3:15 a.m. accident on U.S. 33 about two miles east of Brandywine, Pendleton County, State Police said.

The deer ran into the path of a westbound car driven by Selina Pritt, 24, of Collinsville, Va. Pritt's car hit the deer, sending it airborne. After going through the front windshield of Landes' eastbound pickup and hitting him, the deer continued through the back window.

Pritt was not speeding and no charges have been filed, said a spokeswoman at the State Police detachment at Franklin.

Last week, a Virginia brother and sister were killed when their vehicle hit a deer on Interstate 79 near Lost Creek. Sandra Johnson, 47, and Steven Piotrowski, 39, both of Tazewell, Va., died. Johnson's son, Joseph Johnson, 20, was injured.

Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy Pat McCarty said Johnson and Piotrowski were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over. Joseph Johnson was wearing a seat belt.

Wildlife officials earlier this week warned motorists to beware of deer, which are more active October through December, especially between dusk and dawn.

© Copyright 2000 The Charleston Gazette

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