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Two St. Catharine College students driving through Lebanon were recently blindsided by a deer.
“We were just driving and out of nowhere came a deer,” Jacob Williams, of Indianapolis, Ind., a passenger in the vehicle, said via email Sunday night. “It was a sudden impact and the next thing I know there was a deer looking at me.”
According to a police report from Lebanon City Police, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT driven by William E. Carter of Nineveh, Ind., was struck by a deer at 2:07 p.m. on Nov. 13 on North Spalding Avenue.
Williams said Carter was knocked unconcious due to the collision.
“I grabbed the wheel because Will just stopped driving,” Williams said. “He became conscious again and pulled into a driveway.”
Williams said Carter had cuts and bruises on his face, which required stitches.
“I asked, ‘What happened dude?’ and he said, ‘I just head butted a deer,’” Williams said. “I started to clean him off and the paramedics arrived.”
According to the police report, Carter refused treatment and transport by local EMS, but said that he would go by private car to the hospital.
“What was funny,” Williams said, “is they asked us if we wanted to keep the deer. We said no, because in Indiana it’s illegal to keep the deer.”
Williams and Carter are members of the St. Catharine College swim team.
In other police news, over $2,000 worth of property was stolen from 3969 Seaville Road in Willisburg.
The owner of the residence told police that the home had been burglarized sometime on Nov. 9.
Family members left the home at 7 a.m. and returned around 4 p.m. to discover missing items in the home.
Their 56-inch flat screen television was sitting on the deck, possibly indicating a rushed departure by the burglars, according to the police report.
According to the report, the homeowner indicated that the house did not look ransacked, and except for the missing items, looked normal.
The police report indicated that the doors were left unlocked at the residence prior to the burglary.
Items stolen include a television, laptop, jewelry and a firearm.
There were no suspects at the time the police report was filed.
The incident is under investigation.