NEW RUSSIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio — “Something woke me up, probably the impact of him hitting the mailbox or something. Then I heard another noise and then a big noise when he hit the rock,” said Scotty Gill, of New Russia Township.
Gill jumped out of bed just after midnight Wednesday morning and ran outside to find a blue truck that had crashed on Baumhart Road.
Behind the wheel was Robert Trimble, 29, of Lorain, who apparently hit a deer with his truck while traveling northbound on Baumhart.
The deer went through his windshield and struck Trimble in the chest.
Trimble’s truck veered off the road, hit a mailbox, and then hit a rock before coming to a stop.
“It was the most horrible sight thing I’ve ever saw as far as a deer accident. I’ve never seen anything like it or could imagine that a deer could do that much damage,” said Gill.
Trimble was rushed to Metro Hospital where he died Wednesday night.
As for the deer, it remains in Trimble’s truck.
“It’s roughly around 250 pounds, a 12-point deer. With the extent of damage to the roof of the vehicle and the windshield and everything. It just came straight into the vehicle,” said Charles Cunningham, with Rich’s Autobody and Towing.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lorain County ranks third in the state when it comes to car and deer collisions.
“During this time of year, obviously with the deer being on the move, there were seven people killed last you’re in the state of Ohio,” said Lt. Travis Hughes, with the OSP.
Troopers say that when people know that a crash is imminent, they should not swerve to avoid hitting the deer.
“It needs to be a controlled braking, they need to hit the deer, then pull off safely to the side of the road,” said Lt. Hughes.
And with so many deer out this time of year, people need to be extra cautious.
“It’s a hot week for the deer to be chasing the does. We see them running along the cornfield across the street a lot,” said Gill.
“Even though this person was doing the right thing and was doing absolutely nothing wrong, it’s the grim reality of this time of year and deer collisions,” added Lt. Hughes.
Trimble leaves behind a wife.
Troopers say speed and alcohol were not a factor.