HOWELL — A township woman got the shock of her life when the deer she hit with her car leaped back up and then tried to jump inside her SUV.

Det. Sgt. Christian Antunez said that Ellen Sager, 43, hit the deer on Sept. 17 on Oak Glen Road around 8 p.m.

Patrolman Nicholas Austin, who saw Sager hit the deer, watched as the animal went across the dark road. As Austin pulled up, his cruiser's dash cam caught the deer make a beeline across the road and ram the driver's side of Sager's 2008 GMC Envoy.

Sager opened her door and pushed back at the deer as it tried to jump inside and climb over her. She struggled with the deer and and finally kicked it out, quickly closing the door. The deer falls backwards and writhes on the ground before the video ends.

Sager suffered minor injuries to a knee from her encounter; the deer died from its injuries as a result of its impact with the vehicle.

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