Never, ever forget your helmet: Cyclist’s horrific deer crash caught on camera


 A bicyclist had a close encounter with a deer in Arizona at 40 miles an hour ― and based on the footage of the run-in, they were both lucky to walk away in one piece.

Reed (yes, “deer” spelled backward) Soehnel was cycling down Mt. Lemmon outside of Tucson last week when the deer ran across the road.

As the video shows, Soehnel went over the handlebars, flipping completely over, with his head and shoulders absorbing much of the impact. 

The Mount Lemmon Highway presents a twisty, scenic drive, popular among tourists, cyclists, and motorcyclists in the Tucson area of Arizona. Officially the General Hitchcock Highway and also known as the Catalina Highway, this road winds up 6,000 feet from the floor of the Sonoran desert to the summit of Mount Lemmon, offering stunning views in a variety of climatic zones. Usually found in warm climates, hoodoos are among the rock features visible from the highway. They’re usually capped with a protective hard rock, and the softer rock below the caps has been eroded — and continues to erode — into weird shapes, leading to alternative terms like tent rock, fairy chimney, and earth pyramid.

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Fortunately, he was wearing a helmet.

I was fully alert and (had) no concussion symptoms the entire time, so that’s why the decision was made to not involve an ambulance, although I was in a decent amount of pain,” Soehnel told the Arizona Daily Star.

Somehow, both the cyclist and the deer managed to escape without serious injury.

“The end result is a shattered bicycle, some road rash, and a broken foot,” Soehnel wrote in his YouTube description. “You can see my back wheel in the video, we were both very lucky it wasn’t worse.”

The deer could be seen in the background running back into the forest. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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