David Pescovitz at 12:53 pm Wed, Oct 3, 2012
ADVERTISE AT BOING BOING!
During last weekend's Buffalo Bill Downhill race in Golden, Colorado, a skateboarder hit a deer crossing the road. I hope the deer is OK. (7News, thanks Gabe Adiv!)
Ouch I hope the skater’s ok too. I fell similarly off a bike and slid backwards on my shoulders as he did and broke my collar bone pretty badly. Thoroughly not fun.
On a sidenote, I’m loving the era of helmet mounted video cameras…
The video said the skateboarder suffered bad road rash but was generally OK.
If only the deer had managed to jump on the board after knocking the rider off…
I was really hoping the skateboarder would ollie the deer (despite the video title.)
Deer are so fucking stupid. Seriously.
Makes me think of that poor macho buck that died head butting an elk. Only problem was the elk was a concrete yard statue.
Maybe the deer wouldn’t have been spooked if the ‘boarders hadn’t been whooping as they passed:
It’s more like they have a hard-wired threat-avoidance program that is reasonably effective for crossing open areas containing predators but badly bugged for dealing with traffic.
Deer know roads are dangerous places, so when they cross one, they tend to hunker down a few dozen yards back from the road, hidden from view, then spring up, get a running start, and charge across the road with all haste in small groups separated by 5-10 seconds per individual. Which is about the exact opposite of what you’d want them to do to cross safely.
Later in the original footage, you see the deer continue to run down the slope crossing the road past the next switchback.
This is why discerning speed freaks only hit deer with race cars.
best youtube comment: “Thank god the deer flew way before it got hit”
“Embedding disabled by request. Watch on YouTube.”
NO!! jerky .. maybe if embedding hadn’t been deliberately disabled, I woulda gone to the YouTube page and generated a hit for the poster. .. But screw the poster!! What a jerk!! Boooo ”
According to the commentary, the deer seemed to be okay (but refused medical evaluation and followup).
Anyone who plays Tony Hawk knows that he should have done a Kick-Flip, grind the length of the deer, then did a Kickflip McTwist to dismount. Not only would he have landed it, he would have scored wicked points.
i will now introduce legislation to enact MANDATORY DEER WHISTLES on all skateboarder helmets.
“Oh dear! hurr hurr” says the anchorlady. YOU SO CLEVER GIRL.
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