By Jim Stanford on January 27, 2014
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.
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.