Jan 4, 2013 6:00 PM by Josh Breslow
It was the scare of a lifetime for a Bath County woman as a deer suddenly smashed through the front of her car and flew out the back.
"I just thank God I'm alive," said Nancy Richardson, who was driving alone when the crash happened along Highway 11, just a few miles south of Sharpsburg.
Pictures of the aftermath show a front windshield and rear window both shattered, along with a bent steering wheel. No part of Richardson's car was left untouched.
"It flattened the seats. The seats were broken down and it just went through the passenger side," Richardson told LEX 18. "You could hear the crash and then the glass and I didn't realize what had happened."
Richardson has a visible scar on her broken arm. She also suffered a broken hand and gashes to her face.
The deer was in and out in a matter of seconds and did not survive the impact.
"They said it probably weighted 125 to 150 pounds."
Richardson had just dropped her daughter off in Mount Sterling, minutes before the incident, which she said made her grateful.
"If it had gone just a little bit the other way I would be dead and if my daughter had been with me, she would've been killed as well."
With no cell service in the area, Richardson flagged down a passing car. She was helped to the hospital, where she remained in shock.
"I must have a purpose. I don't know what it is," Richardson said, admitting that purpose might be to remind others that something like this can happen anytime, anywhere. "Just be aware. That's all you can do."
State Police said they work about 3,000 accidents between vehicles and deer each year in Kentucky. Hundreds of those result in injuries, while a handful of them are even deadly.