Driver injured after dodging deer near Gateway, hitting tree

A 49-year-old woman was hospitalized Friday after dodging a deer in the road near Gateway, launching her car in the air and slamming into a tree.

Marjorie McCabe-Hopkins, of Colorado Springs, suffered injuries characterized as a serious but not life-threatening in a single-vehicle accident.

It was reported just before 6 p.m. on Colorado Highway 141, about five miles north of Gateway, according to Colorado State Patrol Sgt. John Hahn.

McCabe-Hopkins was driving a Subaru Outback south, headed to Gateway Canyons Resort, when she encountered a deer in the road and swerved to the left, then overcorrected back to the right, Hahn said.

The Subaru went off the right side of the road, launched over a ditch and struck a tree head-on.

The collision caused the Subaru Outback to spin one time 360 degrees before landing on its wheels, Hahn said.

Troopers said McCabe-Hopkins was wearing her seat belt, and they believe the Subaru was moving at the posted 65 mph speed limit before the crash.

Hahn said they found evidence the deer was hit, but troopers found no carcass.

“Drivers should be aware of wildlife this time of year,” he said. “They’re migrating.”


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