woman hits deer, gets dragged by truck, saved by cop

By Jim Stanford on January 27, 2014

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Corp. Roger Schultz of the Jackson Police Department was on patrol heading west on Broadway on Jan. 17 when an elderly woman hit two deer with her truck.

Schultz blocked traffic and removed the deer, a doe and fawn, from the road. As he got back in his patrol car and moved it out of traffic, he noticed the woman being dragged by her truck. Flustered from the collision, she had gotten out of the vehicle but forgot to put it in park.

Corp. Roger Schultz

The woman had one arm on the door and the other on the steering wheel, with her legs dragging on the road. Schultz gunned his patrol car, cut off the oncoming traffic and grabbed the woman before she sustained serious injury. The truck came to rest against the curb in the westbound lane.

The woman, an east Jackson resident, suffered minor scrapes on her legs. Schultz’s dash cam captured nearly the entire incident, as seen in the clip above.

Schultz has served on the force since 1995.

Think it’s time for a wildlife crossing? Police Chief Todd Smith said officers have to shoot about 50 deer every year from collisions like this along Broadway.

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11 Comments so far

  1. Homey January 27, 2014 12:29 pm

    Well played Corp. Roger Schultz!!!

  2. Zeenie January 27, 2014 1:33 pm

    Yes! It’s high time for wildlife crossings in the Hole.

  3. dave January 27, 2014 2:17 pm

    awesome work corporal.

  4. Stephen Koch January 27, 2014 4:25 pm

    Way to go Officer Schultz! Yes, now is the time for wildlife crossings here in Jackson Hole. Of all places in the world, JH is the place for them. Let’s figure it out and make it happen. How about naming them for someone who pays for them? Some folks love having their names on things. And it is a very good cause…saving the lives of animals and people. What’s the process Jim?

  5. Deb Reis January 27, 2014 4:47 pm

    I too feel it is time for wildlife crossings! I wish they could go under the road!
    I am glad the lady wasn’t injured and a big thank you to Corporal Roger Schultz for acting quickly!

  6. Brendan January 27, 2014 6:48 pm

    nice work sir….there is heroism everyday even in small towns like ours….Whats interesting is that i saw those 2 deer the other evening, must have been right after this and i thought the same thing..maybe its time WYDOT considered and under or overpass there…it would be a ton on money, but really, all it takes is avoiding one human fatality and its worth it..any WYDOT peeps have any idea if this topic is in their master plan for highway 89 in the next 10 years?

  7. wow January 27, 2014 7:12 pm

    For us wimps, you might add a graphic images warning for the video. Thanks!

  8. SLJ January 28, 2014 8:05 pm

    Nicely Done Roger! Jackson WY is fortunate to have you serving here!

  9. Jim January 29, 2014 7:05 am

    Well done Officer Schultz! Amazing how calm and professional your voice was under stress.

  10. Light it Up! February 2, 2014 9:50 am

    Why not install streetlights?! Seems simple enough and a hell of a lot easier than constructing a bridge over the road! The streetlights on N Cache work great and do not cause an obnoxious amount of light pollution. They lit up the five way intersection, why not keep it going down Broadway?

  11. fabio February 8, 2014 7:58 am

    Slow down, be more attentive. More stringent rules to obtain a drivers license. Try these first.

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