A frightened deer raced through a “Turkey Trot” charity fun-run Thanksgiving morning and collided with a volunteer who was handing out water to participants, officials in North Carolina say.
The deer struck the volunteer around 9 a.m. Thursday in downtown Mooresville, N.C., just as the Mooresville/Lake Norman Turkey Trot 5K race was getting started, local EMS officials told the Charlotte Observer.
The Iredell County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) did not identify the victim, who was taken to the hospital in an ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.
WCNC identified the victim as Anne Mautner of Mooresville, and reported she suffered cuts, bruises and a black eye after the deer kicked her in the head while trying to jump over her.
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“I look up and there’s something literally flying over me,” she told the station. “But no broken bones and no concussion.”
Mooresville Fire Chief Curt Deaton is quoted as telling Fox46 that the deer was in a stand of trees near the Turkey Trot route when it was frightened by the runners and took off running.
The deer’s kick to the victim’s head was powerful enough to knock her “head first into the street,” the station reported.
The Mooresville/Lake Norman Turkey Trot 5K is an annual fundraiser event for the nonprofit The Christian Mission, which provides charitable assistance to homeless people in the area, as well as families who need help with clothes, food, and utility bills.