Knox driver injured, totals car in effort to miss deer

Posted Oct. 03, 2011, at 8:30 p.m.

KNOX, Maine — A Waldo County man totaled his car and suffered injuries early Monday morning after he swerved to avoid hitting a deer and went airborne off the road.

Laurent G. Bailey, 54, of Knox, had been heading to work early in his 2006 Dodge Charger on Webb Road in Knox when he came across the deer in the roadway at about 4:30 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Bob Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

After Bailey swerved to avoid striking the deer, the car crossed the road, went over an embankment and became airborne, according to the accident report. Once it landed, the vehicle traveled several hundred feet, hitting trees and rocks along the edge of a cornfield before stopping.

Although Bailey was injured in the accident — the police report indicated he may have suffered broken bones — the driver was able to walk to his brother’s house to seek help. He later was given a ride to the Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast for treatment.

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A hospital official contacted Monday afternoon said that Bailey was not a patient at the hospital at that time.

Keating advised motorists to drive cautiously, as deer and moose are on the move and police are responding to more accidents involving the large animals.

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