My morning commute to work is typically uneventful, but today, things got dicey when a deer ran across I-195 and slammed into the front of my car.

Usually, my biggest concern when I head to work is trying to get there on time. Today, I was on schedule and driving in the left lane at around 70 mph, mentally preparing for the day ahead.

But I was not prepared for what came next.

In a split second, a deer appeared from the right and was charging toward the median. I tried to swerve but ran out of time, and the deer collided with the front left side of my Mazda as I screamed and tried to regain control of my vehicle. My dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree and my engine seized. I managed to get over to the breakdown lane, collect myself, and call Michael to tell him the news.

It was at this moment that I realized what just happened. It all happened so quickly and reality set in. I may have killed a deer and I may have totaled my car.

A few moments later, Gazelle was by my side to keep me company while we waited for the state trooper to assess the situation. There was no sign of the deer, but the damage to my car was obvious. The car was towed, and Gazelle and I made our way to the studio, where we chatted about the incident and I counted my blessings.

I am very grateful that no other cars were around me and that I came away from the situation unharmed. In the realm of accidents, this was a lucky one. The damage on my car might get a little pricey, but you can’t replace a life, so I’m thankful for my seatbelt and my lucky stars.

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