Teen driver killed in Sequim-area car accident after swerving to avoid deer

Tyler Braithwaite, 17, of Sequim was killed in a single-car accident on Sunday after he swerved to avoid a deer on a gravel road in the Olympic National Forest and hit a tree.

Injured in the accident was Rachel Myers, 18, who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of leg and facial injuries.

Also injured was Michael Fleming, 16, who suffered a broken wrist and facial cuts; He was taken to Olympic Medical Center for treatment.

The report said that none of the victims appeared to have been wearing seat belts.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, there are approximately 1.5 million car-deer accidents every year which results in 150 human fatalities and 10,000 injuries. Some tips to avoid a deer accident include:

  • Slow down and be attentive
  • Use high-beam headlights
  • If a collision with a deer is unavoidable, do not swerve but brake , and brake hard, and hold the steering wheel straight.
  • If you see one deer, be on the look out for other deer as they usually travel in groups.
  • Look out for reflective dots along side the road which might be the reflex off of a deer’s eyes.

This accident is certainly a tragedy for all involved.

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