On Saturday, Aug. 29, at approximately 12:30 a.m. Clearwater County Sheriff Deputies, responded to mile marker 26 on Highway 11, for a one vehicle, non-injury, rollover collision. The driver, Bryan J. Huddleston, 32, of California, was traveling north toward Pierce, when a deer ran out in front of him.

According to the Sheriff’s Office report, Huddleston swerved to miss the deer, causing his vehicle to broad slide across both lanes of travel, hitting the embankment, and subsequently flipping 1 1/2 times. The vehicle suffered catastrophic damage, but Huddleston was uninjured.

According to the report, Huddleston was cited for driving while his license is suspended out of California, as well as inattentive/careless driving, secondary to his speed.

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Ah, yes, the old I-swerved-to-avoid-a-deer story. How many times have we heard it used to explain an otherwise inexplicable single-vehicle crash accompanied by no braking attempt and no other witnesses? And it always seems to be a deer: never a bear, elk, racoon, dog, etc. This newspaper could enhance its credibility if it would stop stating this “explanation” as fact and instead cite it as the driver’s statement to investigating officers.

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