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Kansas teen dies after deer hit by another car smashes into hers; 3 other deer-related crashes reported over holiday

November 24, 2017, 9:52 a.m. Updated November 24, 2017, 10:53 a.m.


Deer are blamed for causing at least four Thanksgiving Day crashes on Kansas highways, including one that killed a teen, according to authorities.

The fatality crash occurred about 4:15 p.m. Thursday north of Medicine Lodge, in south-central Kansas, and killed 19-year-old Gracie Burenheide, of Attica, according to a preliminary report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Burenheide was driving north on U.S. Highway 281 when a southbound SUV struck a deer, causing the deer to go airborne, according to the report. Burenheide’s car then struck the airborne deer and went off the road into the ditch. The SUV came to rest in the opposite ditch.

A 22-year-old Medicine Lodge woman riding with Burenheide was injured and taken to a hospital, according to the report. A 64-year-old man driving the SUV and his 60-year-old female passenger were not injured.

All were wearing seat belts, according to the patrol’s report.

Three deer-related wrecks injured drivers on the Kansas Turnpike Thursday. According to preliminary reports from the Turnpike:

Just before midnight, between Andover and El Dorado, a minivan hit a deer, lost control and rolled into the ditch. The driver, a 40-year-old El Dorado man, was injured.

Around 9 p.m. near El Dorado, a car was unable to avoid striking a deer on the highway. That crash injured the driver, a 36-year-old Oklahoma City woman.

In the third accident, a 55-year-old Wellington woman was hurt after her SUV hit a deer in the road about 6 miles north of the Oklahoma border. The report did not include the time of the crash.

All three of those drivers were wearing seat belts, according to the Turnpike’s reports.

Kansas typically sees the highest number of deer-vehicle crashes in mid-November, when the “rut” — or mating season — peaks. Also in the fall, deer are increasingly active seeking new food sources and shelter, as their habitat transforms with crops being harvested and leaves falling from trees and shrubs.

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Clara Westphal 7 months ago

I lived in the area north of Medicine Lodge and have driven that highway many times. I am so sorry for the loss of the young woman. Deer are a real roadway hazard. They are so fast and can seem to come out of nowhere.

Michael Kort 7 months ago

I had a relative who stopped for a dear crossing a roadway only to be ran into in the rear quarter panel of her car by another deer running along which destroyed and collapsed down that panel which had to be replaced all the way up into the roof line along with the tail light assembly .

The hit and ran into her deer ( during broad daylight ) survived and ran off .

I have seen deer in Lawrence wandering around near Clinton Pkwy and Crestline at night as a herd of 7 or 8 with big adults and fawns. They were wandering west from Iowa (?) on the south side of Clinton Pkwy only to go back behind the church there and into its' parking lot to stand still with their heads down to the pavement ( and i assume licking up road salts used to clear winter time ice and snow from the day before ) .

Most of the times in my life (4) when i have seen deer it has been near or just above a creek bed area but i did see one in a subdivision that i lived in in OP one early morning that was eating low tree leaves next door .

Actually the OP deer saw me first and let out a loud snort that sounded like an air tank being blown down as i went out the garage door to get the paper .

Looking left we made eye contact and it just bounded off effortlessly across the street and over stockade fencing in a less than concerned bounding run....... but it wasn't walking either !

Dear were built to outrun Cougars, Bears, Wolves and Primitive Humans so they have to move quickly. Spooke the group and they all run blindly .....and males will chase females with little concern during mating season .

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