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Runner Knocked Out by Flying Deer: 'Im Surprised I Made it Out Alive'

Vehicle strikes deer, deer lands on jogger.

Watch out for flying deer. (Patch file photo.)
Watch out for flying deer. (Patch file photo.)
ASHBURN, Va. — vehicle hitting an animal is not unusual, but Krystine Rivera's collision with a deer qualifies as nothing less than bizarre. 

Rivera was jogging on a path near the Dulles Greenway when an SUV driven by a 71-year-old woman struck a deer and sent it flying — right on top of Rivera, according to an account of the accident in The Washington Post.

Rivera, 27, remembers only that she was running one minute and then waking up in an ambulance the next, the Post reported. A paramedic told her he needed to cut off her running shirt because it was covered in deer blood.

“That’s when I knew a deer was part of this,” Rivera told the paper.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said the deer, a buck, died at the scene and that the driver was treated at Inova Loudoun Hospital and released.

Rivera told the paper she suffered a concussion, a cut to her scalp and a bruise to her right knee.

Rivera said she had run five miles Thursday and was coming to her home in Ashburn when the deer flew into her.

“I was running, then I was on the ground and then was listening to the paramedic," she said. "I’m surprised I made it out alive.”

She's not sure how she'll recount this story in the days and years to come.

“It’s hard to know where to start," she told the Post. Maybe, ‘I was out for a run one day . . . ’ No, actually I probably have to start with, ‘This really strange thing happened to me once.’ ”


Mike December 09, 2013 at 10:17 AM
I guess when she has grandkids, they can always sing, Grandma got run over by a reindeer, __ days be for Xmas eve...
Rick Badman December 09, 2013 at 06:08 PM
This should be further proof that jogging can be dangerous to your health.
Rick Badman December 09, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Too bad it didn't happen near Area 51. The jogger could always claim that a UFO's tractor beam accidentally dropped the deer on her.
Rick Badman December 09, 2013 at 06:11 PM
If she reported the accident to her medical insurance, would it be considered an act of God or an act of Granny?
Rick Badman December 09, 2013 at 06:13 PM
If Steven King were the jogger, the deer would have come back to life and hunted down the woman who killed it and slaughtered her family in a Christmas Day Massacre.
ME2 December 16, 2013 at 08:10 AM
Wait until the movie comes out?
Linda Schwartz December 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM
I was running and then I was hit by Bambi

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