Watch: Deer Jumps in Front of Cyclist Causing Nasty Collision

by Jennifer Shea

A cyclist with a helmet cam ran smack into a deer at about 35 miles per hour.

The video, taken in New York’s Harriman State Park, shows the cyclist’s point of view as a deer jumps in front of him on a shaded two-lane road. 

“This was the start of a solo ride in New York’s beautiful Harriman State Park,” the rider said, according to Whiskey Riff. “Fall weather was ideal for a long 80-mile bike ride. I was 4 miles into the ride going downhill toward Bear Mountain climb. I was coasting downhill when the deer ran across the road. Reaction time was zero, I crashed into the deer at 35mph.”

The deer appeared to suffer no critical injuries, running off into the woods. As for the cyclist? He was not so unscathed.

“I pitched forwarded and landed on my buttocks,” he told Whiskey Riff. “I must have rolled 5 times before dragging to a stop. Suffered some minor scrapes on my knuckles, knees and back. More serious bruises on my left buttocks, left ankle and foot. No head injuries or even scratches to my face. The Canyon CF SLX carbon bike broke in pieces. X-ray results later were 100% positive. I had to use a crutch for the first two days to relieve pressure on my left foot. I am 90% recovered after 4 days.”

Harriman is the second-largest park in the New York state parks system. It boasts 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails and two beaches.