A deer carcass on the highway should not be mistaken for a speed bump.
That is the warning Saanich police issued after a woman drove over a dead buck blocking a lane of traffic Saturday night. The large roadkill ended up wedged in the undercarriage of driver’s Honda Fit.
Around 8 p.m. police were called by the woman, who hadn’t realize she dragged the buck from the Pat Bay Highway near Sayward Road to her Cordova Bay home.
At the scene, Const. Andy Harward called a tow truck to have the car lifted off the animal.
“It had antlers, so as we were hoisting (the car) up, it was raising with the vehicle, as well … until gravity set in and the deer fell out from the underbody,” Harward said.
Police spokesperson Sgt. Dean Jantzen recommends drivers take heed of this incident.
“The public is encouraged to contact the Saanich police if they encounter a deceased animal on the roadway that may be a danger to traffic,” he said. “It is also suggested that you avoid a collision with any deceased animals on the roadway to avoid similar issues.”
The animal was put in the backseat of Harward’s police car and taken to Hartland Landfill, which is equipped to dispose of roadkill.
The Honda Fit suffered minor damage.