Flying Deer Hits Virginia Jogger

Krystine Rivera, 27, has since been released from the hospital

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 9, 2013 10:40 AM CST | Updated Dec 15, 2013 7:00 PM CST

(Newser) – We're guessing the chances of this happening rank somewhere between one in a million and one in a gazillion: Krystine Rivera was jogging in northern Virginia around 6pm earlier this month when the 27-year-old was hit by a ... flying deer. A 71-year-old behind the wheel of an SUV hit the animal on her front passenger side while driving southbound on Clairborne Parkway. The impact flung the deer into the air, where it hit Rivera on an adjacent path, reports NBC Washington.

Rivera was treated at a Loudoun County hospital and released that same evening, having suffered a concussion and a few cuts and bruises. She then talked to the Washington Post, and her story is painful in more ways than one. She explains that she decided to set out on the seven-mile run after having a bad day at work. Things, of course, "got astronomically worse" around mile five. She says she didn't see the deer coming and lost consciousness after being struck, and first learned that a deer was involved when a paramedic explained they had to cut off her running shirt "because it had deer blood all over it." The deer didn't make it. (Crazy enough, something similar happened in October.)

This is not the airborne deer.
This is not the airborne deer.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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