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Guilford County, North Carolina — December 23, 2011

Police say a motorist died and a second person was injured in a collision involving a deer in the Julian area on Friday night.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Julian resident Jonathan Garrett was operating a Ford Ranger pickup truck south along Mount Hope Church Road around 9:05 p.m. Meanwhile, 40-year-old McLeansville resident Mary Scott was driving a minivan when she came upon a deer in the roadway.

Ms. Scott was unable to avoid a collision and the impact sent the animal flying into Mr. Garrett’s pickup truck. Investigators say it smashed through the front window, causing him to lose control.

The pickup left the roadway and stuck a tree, killing Mr. Garrett. Paramedics transported his passenger, 30-year-old Bridget Clapp, to Moses Cone Hospital for treatment of critical injuries.

Ms. Scott escaped without injury. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 982 traveler were killed in 894 traffic accidents in 2010.

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