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Dear readers: This was the column I had planned for last week. I will let you know the outcome at the end.



My mom has said many times "Everything has a good reason for happening"



OKAY....



I would love for someone-ANYONE-to explain why a young stag would jump out of a nice safe forest and ram himself into an oncoming car?



My son (the recent graduate) was leaving his girlfriend's house around midnight. He had just straightened out the wheels and was going 15 MPH. When all of a sudden he caught sight of something on the passenger headlight and BAM-it rams into him.



He saw its eyes, the neck snap and down the poor little guy went. Then my son saw his mom poke her head out of the trees and see her dead child.



He called his dad and I, we were half-asleep "Mom I killed a deer! It was just a baby!"



No matter-I suggested calling the police. His girlfriend's mom called the security guard and he took the report and the "body".



After the initial event, our son saw his bumper had been somewhat "smushed". The "almost two grand and a week without a car type" of smush. He also couldn't sleep for a few nights.



What do you tell the insurance agent? Is it a freak accident? An act of God?



While his is a rather strange turn of events for Orange County California-I found that in other parts of the country this is a common occurrence. I was on one of my favorite discussion boards and mentioned what happened-over 20 people responded with stories of their own "deer adventures"!



Most let me know how lucky our son was-that many had their cars totalled. Many had been seriously hurt and some had stories of death!



The best related bit (for me, not the teller) was a woman who said she had had 4 similar encounters! None had ended up with a dead deer, but she had hit the same deer twice. She said she knew because of the familiar bald spot!



One friend said that when she lived in Tennessee, she had hit an owl. She was so upset, she made her husband get the poor bird and rush it to the animal shelter. It died. She had nightmares for several days!



So if my mom is correct and everything happens for a reason-Tell me:



WHY DID THIS LITTLE INNOCENT BABY STAG THROW HIMSELF TO HIS DEATH ON MY SON'S CAR?



Epilogue: The insurance company claimed it was an act of God and my son's deductible was far less than what it would have been. He's been bumming rides all week. And he finally had a good night's sleep.



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