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Car Overturns in Amagansett Avoiding Deer

Accident occurred on Napeague Meadow Road on Friday.

A driver escaped serious injury when he swerved to avoid a deer and flipped his car over on Napeague Meadow Road in Amagansett on Friday evening.

East Hampton Town police said a 51-year-old man from Amagansett was driving north in a 2001 Mercury when he swerved onto the westbound shoulder and then into the eastbound shoulder, striking four concrete barriers. The car then overturned and landed in a swampy area on the side of the road, about one mile from Montauk Highway.

Police received a call about the accident 8:50 p.m.

The Amagansett Fire Department, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"amagansett-fire-department"} --> responded, and its ambulance transported the driver to

todd September 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Right.. one should hit a 200 lb deer at 55 mph. No problem.
Taylor K. Vecsey September 19, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Jaguar-Guy, yes, sorry, we were leaving the driver's name off since neither he nor anyone else was arrested or charged with a crime — I just amended. My apologies. I should have read it more carefully. Thanks.
ViralGrain September 19, 2012 at 02:20 PM
It might not have been a deer but a jaguar.
S.B. Bonacker September 19, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Hey Fellas, how about this tip - just SLOW DOWN at night, especially on deer-prone roads. If you are going 25-30 MPH you have a much better chance to react and brake in enough time, so there is no swerving or ditching off road. Also, if you are driving at a resonable speed and hit a deer, you may avoid more serious injury to yourself and have less damage to the car. Think about it, road warriors!
Penny September 19, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I hit a deer this past Mon 7:30 a.m., on my way to work. One that just jumped the guardrail by Surf Drive, as you head down the hill. People can armchair quarterback, but until you're presented with the situation, you don't really know how you'll react...you just do it. I tried my best not to hit the doe, I held onto the wheel making sure I didn't go into the other lane, but I still nailed her. It's 45 mph there & I did stop, but not in time to not send her flying at least 20'. I was fine, my bumper had a little damage, but no one knows how they're going to respond until it's there...in your face. It's not even about slowing down, if that's all it took, we'd never have to report it...we all know to watch for these buggers...they can appear anywhere, without warning. You do the best you can do, not to hit anyone else or anything...but that's why they call them accidents. I was fortunate, as I was back in March, on Long Lane in EH when one appeared in my driver's window & went oopsie over my roof rack back into the night. That's the thing peeps...you can only be so cautious, so long. The odds are not in our favor. So glad the driver is ok & that's what we should really be concerned about. For those of you yet to have the experience...I hope you don't hit one/many...it's not a good feeling, especially when you care about animals...even ones that can be a nuisance.

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