By on July 16, 2013

Driver quarter

Last week I wrote an article called A Deer In The Headlights about my parents hitting a deer a few days prior. In the story, I talked about the impact and reported that the RAV4 they were driving caught fire as they were being pulled out. Fortunately the good men and women of the Monroe, WA Fire Department arrived on the scene and, in short order, got things under control before the entire car melted down.

I sent a link to that article to my stepfather, Guy, and he responded yesterday with the attached photos. I thought I would go ahead and post them up so any of you who were interested in seeing the results for yourselves could take a look. It looks like a bad accident, but both my mother and Guy were uninjured. They were released without a trip to the hospital after being checked over by paramedics at the scene of the accident.

Thanks to all of you who expressed your concerns and best wishes, my entire family appreciates your kind thoughts. The good news, if there can be anything of the sort in an event like this, is that this is the first buck anyone in my family has managed to get since my father took one out armed with nothing but stealth and a ball peen hammer back in ’75.

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41 Comments on “A Deer In The Headlights: Update...”


  • avatar

    Deer are such beautiful animals.

    This reminds me, I’ve gotta’ buy more STG-58 compatible .308 rounds.

  • avatar

    That should buff right out!

  • avatar
    VanillaDude

    I believe that if the authorities look closer at the deer remains they will see that it was wearing one of the new flak vests equipped with an Agent Orange-like combustable gel which ignites when the deer reaches it’s human target. What we may be seeing here is what I suspect is a new level of weapontry being utilized by the Washington deer population since they have not been completely taking out vehicular targets using their traditional “leap, stun and stand” methods of vehicular destruction.

    Recently some covert government military groups have infiltrated the notorious “El Bambi” deer terrorist organization’s bomb experts and have discovered their usage of this new flamable gel being incorporated within the group’s entire terrorist structure. At one time this had only been used in extreme cases along the Alaskan Pipeline during it’s construction when the US Government failed to agree to El Bambi’s demands for “protection and restitution” payments. Fortunately the Alaskan authorities were able to handle the deer population so that El Bambi had been forced to disban and reorganize in packs north of Whitehorse Yukon. Other more notorious groups of El Bambi had been sited along the Mackenzie River region where they pretty much run unhindered by the Royal Mounted Police’s Special Deer Forces.

    I suspect that El Bambi will continue to seek out and destroy new Toyota products here in the US and Canada as they have been negociating with Japan over the return of the Japanese head of El Bambi, the currently jailed Totorobambi. Crippling Toyota sales within North America has been their method of forcing his freedom since April 2013.

    Toyota drivers should be made aware that they are targets for this rouge deer organization and should carry fire extinguishers with them when they leave for any trips around town. Drivers located where El Bambi has been known to frequent should take extra precautions.

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      Welcome back, VD!

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Welcome back!

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      Now THAT’S the vintage VanillaDude we’ve been missing!

      Welcome back!

      Perhaps we can program these deer to kill off all Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans, Kias and Hyundais, restoring GM and especially Chevrolet to its rightful place of 50% and 30% market share, respectively!

      I wish…

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      WB!

    • 0 avatar
      redliner

      Oh hi!

    • 0 avatar
      ExPatBrit

      A bonus, Vanilla Dude is back.

      ;-)
      ;-)
      ;-)

    • 0 avatar
      vent-L-8

      i’m glad to see you back, please feel welcome.

    • 0 avatar
      InstantKarma

      Oh, come on!

      Am I the only one who thinks this is pretty unlikely?

      He made that up!

      • 0 avatar
        dolorean

        No, I’m afraid VD is not. Here in the Army, we’ve been training up for the new mission to take on the terrorist camps that El Bambi has set up along the highways of Washington state, although the gummint is good with any shinanagins north of the border. Now that Afghanistan is winding down and the Army brass has been caught without another war to over-budget, El Bambi has taken very high precedent. Gotta go! Going to air-drop D.B. Cooper style over Northern Oregon.

    • 0 avatar
      jimbob457

      Some respect, please! El Bambi is sworn to defend the rights of deer species of ALL kinds – even the caribou. You will note that wherever the Alaskan pipeline crosses traditional reindeer migration routes, it is substantially elevated so that our brothers and sisters could still pass underneath unmolested during their annual migration.

      Some say that human engineers claim that the pipeline full of hot crude oil had to be elevated to prevent it from melting into the permafrost. I say, nonsense! Were it not for El Bambi, the caribou herds of northern Alaska would have been destroyed, or, at the very least, somewhat inconvenienced.

      • 0 avatar
        Summicron

        Well said. As with all mature terrorist organizations El Bambi by now has effectively become a stakeholder in the status quo. Its battles are today largely waged with attorneys, community centers and regional political campaigns. Given the lifespan of ungulates we’re well past the 20th generation of the founders’ descendants.

        Of more recent concern for federal and regional authorities have been the domestic pan-ungulate radical organizations such as El Bambi in the Upper Peninsula and the Leathermen.

        While lacking El Bambi’s level of funding, organization and technical sophistication these newly radicalized groups have proven to be capable of ad hoc organization among various formerly moderate species that lends an unpredictability to their activities unlike today’s formalized and comparatively ponderous El Bambi.

        The attack described in this article is likelier the work of such a newly formed organization as indicated by the shoestring but innovative incendiary device deployed as well as the inability to loiter and target first responders.

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    Monty

    Okay, this story was already interesting enough – now you’ve added the photos. Awesomeness.

    But what’s even more interesting? You’re going to have to tell the story of taking out a deer with nothing more than stealth and a ballpeen hammer. That’s got to be one very interesting tale.

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve been debating whether or not I should tell you the story because it is probably better left to everyone’s imagination.

      My dad was a phone man and he worked in a big line truck out in the mountains of Western Washington. Since he had 5 kids at home he was always looking for ways to put meat on the table and had got a deer tag hoping he might get one during deer season.

      One day, a four pointer came sniffing around while my dad was up a telephone pole. The only thing my dad had hand was a hammer but he decided to give it a shot so he climbed down and followed the buck to a field. There was a farm close by and a barking dog or something distracted the deer while my dad snuck up on him. When the deer realized my dad was there, it turned around to face him and when it did my dad hit it right between the eyes with the hammer. Killed it dead with one blow – or so he thought.

      He dragged the deer back to his truck put it in the back and brought it back to our house to clean it it. About a mile out the deer woke up and started thrashing around in the bed of the truck so my dad got out and cold cocked him again. Then he brought him home, got his hunting knife and completed the process. We had deer all winter long as I recall.

      • 0 avatar
        Crabspirits

        (claps with glee)…at the thought of delicious meats, not the…well…you know morbid slaying.

      • 0 avatar
        dolorean

        TK, can’t help hearing the opening refrains to ‘Wichita Lineman’ when I read your post.

      • 0 avatar
        Monty

        That’s just a friggin’ awesome story. The closest I can get to that is my dad killing a mouse in the kitchen with a broom. Of course it didn’t die right away either, but lay on the floor thrashing and squeaking in it’s death throes. My mother took a long time to get over that, and we’re farm folk!

  • avatar
    zamoti

    So how is it that the driver side airbag didn’t deploy but it looks like the passenger side did? The damage to the front looks pretty even. However, I may be mistaken as it looks like quite the melted mess on the passenger side.

    • 0 avatar
      segfault

      I’m guessing that the driver’s airbag may have been turned off due to the spinner and other disability equipment. Either that, or the melted mess on the passenger’s side may not actually be the airbag.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Could have been a different story had the car A/C been charged with HFO-1234. And not for the better.

  • avatar
    J.Emerson

    The fire is disturbing, even more so now that I’ve seen the pictures. A widespread engine bay fire despite a very low amount of deformation is a rare incident and rather inexcusable, IMO, on a modern car.

  • avatar
    1998redwagon

    i too want to read the stealth and hammer story. if not here than on some other site.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    I’m glad your family is OK, that’s the most important thing.

    A modern car shouldn’t burst into flames after a deer strike. Before you dismiss the severity of the impact compare the soft fleshy deer to say a head on collision with another RAV4 or some greater mass. Your parents got “lucky” in the cosmic sense, and something appears to be wrong with the RAV4 (or the deer turned into what they called in the Air Force a golden BB, and just happened to impact in the perfect way to cause a cascade of failures)

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      Detroit-Iron

      A fantastically improbable set of irreplicable circumstances causing the car to catch fire is why I never wear my seatbelt. I would much rather go flying through the windshield and hit a tree or the road then have to unbuckle my belt while the car smolders.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    I too want to hear the hammer story.
    Disappointing how the vehicle held up.

  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    VD’s humorous post aside (great reboot, VD!), while I’m glad your folks escaped serious injury, I’m troubled that this collision with a deer triggered a fire in the front of the car. I’d be curious if the Toyota folks have any comment on that.

  • avatar
    08Suzuki

    Would it be in bad taste to quote from today’s Subie Forrester review from Brendan? “WEEE-OOOO WEEE-OOOO”…eh, I guess it would.

  • avatar
    rnc

    There has to be something seriously wrong here, there is no way that was a toyota product, hell atleast tell us it was a toyota product manufactured in the US? so that the apostles can find some reason.

  • avatar
    Japanese Buick

    What will make it really interesting is when a Toyota attorney or PR flack shows up at the body shop, buys the wreck for a little too much money, and flatbeds it away never to be seen again.

    Well that might have been possible before the pictures were posted.

  • avatar
    7402

    I’m wondering if the installation of the disabled-operator equipment compromised something that contributed to the fire.

  • avatar
    71 MKIV

    Where in the RAV is the battery?
    If it’s in the RF corner, it likely shorted out causing the fire.
    Glad to hear everyone is ok.

  • avatar
    Scribe39

    Happy to hear the folks are OK. A second plus — another Toyota is off the road. . .


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