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Oh SH***** BANG!!!! UPDATE

Well, driving home tonight some idiot flipped his high beams on (he was driving a taller SUV) and blinded me. Just missed the first deer and nailed the second one just about head on. The deer did not survive. I had to cut the strap for the service flap, and drove home (about 30 miles) on one headlight and a careful eye on the temp gauge.

No fluids leaking out the bottom, fan sounds terrible, luckily it is a cool night. temp never got over 185, mostly around 176 or so. drives straight with good steering. Just took out the front header and pass side .. everything. Police was following the idiot that blinded me.



not a good picture, the header is pushed back about 8 inches... Better pictures in the morning...

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Neon.. I got a motor for you...
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You're okay? Wow.
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Felt like I hit a big pothole and the deer went flying about 30 feet. never got back up. front floor had everything from the seat on it, airbags did not go off. I doubt if I even used the seatbelts (yes, I was wearing them)
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Neon.. I got a motor for you...
Nooooo is your smart totaled?

I'm glad you're okay! That sounds like the kind of nightmare drive that gives me a panic attack.
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Gotta take a better look when it is light out. better pics to follow...
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So sorry about your "not so smart deer" encounter. Glad that you are okay and the deer went up and over.

Probably didn't need the airbags which could make repair an option?
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Looks like most of the hit was above the bumper which is probably why the airbags didn't go off (?) Looked at it a bit more and it appears to have damaged the heater behind the pass side headlight too. IF my son ever wakes up to watch his kid, I will see about an estimate. Not sure if a local body shop can handle it or not. 50 miles to the nearest dealer.
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I continue to be amazed by these cars and how they perform in accidents. Hitting a deer is a big deal and the car is essentially OK - albeit a little beat up.
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So glad you are OK. Vehicles can be repaired/replaced. People can not.

Out of curiosity, how fast were you going when you hit the deer? The smart seems to have faired better than my old jimmy did when it met a deer.


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