Driver Killed in Attempt to Avoid Collision with Deer

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In Clay County, a driver dies after he swerves in the roadway to avoid collision with a deer.

On November 8, 2012 at approximately 8:30 p.m., David Schoettger, age 54 from Excelsior Springs, Missouri was operating a 1999 Mercury Cougar.

At that said time and place, David was traveling in the southbound direction on Route JJ, one mile south of Route H. The crash occurred as David noticed a deer in the roadway and swerved to avoid collision with the deer. David lost control of his vehicle, which caused his vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway and into ditch. The vehicle then overturned and ejected David from the vehicle.

David Schoettger was pronounced dead by paramedic, Zachary St. John, with Excelsior Springs EMS. David was then taken to the Jackson County medical examiner’s office.

David Schoettger’s 1999 Mercury Cougar received extensive damages from the crash and was towed by Rite-Way Tow.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of troop A and the Clay County Sheriff’s Department. This is troop A’s 54th fatal traffic crash and 58th fatality for 2012.


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