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Driver's Quick Reaction Likely Saved Her Life

Close call on a Florida highway
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 13, 2016 8:18 AM CST

(Newser) – A 33-year-old woman's quick instincts likely saved her life when a boat oar crashed through the driver's side windshield of her sports utility vehicle as she drove on Florida's Alligator Alley, reports AP. Christina Kay Theisen tells the Sun Sentinel she's glad she wasn't on her phone or changing the radio station Friday afternoon as she drove home following a business trip.

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The Florida Highway Patrol says the oar either dropped from a recreational vehicle as Theisen passed by, or it kicked up from the asphalt. It struck the front end of her Chevy Suburban before going through the windshield. Theisen says she quickly ducked to the right and was able to keep control of the vehicle. (Read more Florida stories.)

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