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Friday, November 23, 2012

Cardinals’ David Freese Wrecks Rover to Avoid Deer in Wildwood

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St. Louis Cardinal third baseman David Freese was involved in a one-car traffic accident on Thursday at 2:31 p.m. when he lost control of his 2011 black Range Rover to avoid deer on the roadway, according to St. Louis County Police. Freese then struck a tree at the intersection of Wildhorse Creek and Rieger roads in Wildwood.

Freese was not injured during the incident, according to authorities.

St. Louis County Police Department officers responded to the incident where a supervisor on the scene spoke to Freese, and confirmed the information.

The vehicle was towed from the scene. St. Louis County Police spokesperson Randy Vaughn tells Patch no other investigations are under way.

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2012 at 08:12 AM | 37 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: November 23, 2012 at 09:11 AM (#4308249)
The deer was running from Chipper Jones.
   2. Russ Posted: November 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM (#4308256)
I wonder how Chuck Grassley feels about this.
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: November 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM (#4308258)
glad freese is ok.
   4. Arch Stanton Posted: November 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM (#4308261)
Yesterday's deer forecast: a Freese is coming.
   5. phredbird Posted: November 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4308294)
my g.f. told me there is a deer population spike in the midwest and its breeding season, so they are running around a lot. a friend of hers has hit two deers on the road already this year.
   6. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: November 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM (#4308300)
A few years back I hit a deer on I-70 in Missouri while heading to a friend's place for Thanksgiving. They are out in large numbers this time of year.
   7. VoodooR Posted: November 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM (#4308322)
Glad to hear there is no DUI investigation happening, likely meaning Freese was sober at the wheel. I believe he already has two DUIs to his name.
   8. phredbird Posted: November 23, 2012 at 01:49 PM (#4308357)
i asked her -- maybe somebody here knows -- if you hit a deer and kill it are you allowed to eat it? not that i'd automatically do that, just curious.
   9. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: November 23, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4308360)
you hit its yours! only problem is if you killed it when you hit it odds are your not driving your car home
   10. phredbird Posted: November 23, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4308365)
you hit its yours! only problem is if you killed it when you hit it odds are your not driving your car home


hi mom! hi dad! boy, are you gonna like what i brought this year!
   11. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: November 23, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4308391)
These deer are really a problem in West St Louis County. An exterminator is required.

I believe he already has two DUIs to his name.

Apparently one in 2002 and another in 2009, as well as a resisting arrest charge in 2007.
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 23, 2012 at 04:02 PM (#4308434)
Glad to hear there is no DUI investigation happening, likely meaning Freese was sober at the wheel.

Maybe, but how likely were the St. Louis County Police to go after a local hero for a one-car accident that caused minor damage? Wouldn't be surprised either way.

   13. Lassus Posted: November 23, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4308444)
You hit a full-grown deer at any decent speed, your car is screwed. At least if you go off the road (depending) you might have a CHANCE of not hitting a tree.
   14. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: November 23, 2012 at 05:10 PM (#4308455)
Maybe, but how likely were the St. Louis County Police to go after a local hero for a one-car accident that caused minor damage? Wouldn't be surprised either way.

Why wouldn't they? It would be pretty scandalous if someone found out he was drunk and they let him go.
   15. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: November 23, 2012 at 05:14 PM (#4308457)
You hit a full-grown deer at any decent speed, your car is screwed. At least if you go off the road (depending) you might have a CHANCE of not hitting a tree.


No, no, no. Lassus that is terrible advice and you should know that living in the NE. Hit the deer, you may hurt your car, so what. Swerve and go off the road in the NE and you will most likely hit a tree, which can hurt you a whole lot more than a deer will.

But ALWAYS swerve for moose. If you take out their long legs the body falls on your windshield, then you.
   16. spike Posted: November 23, 2012 at 05:45 PM (#4308464)
You hit a full-grown deer at any decent speed, your car is screwed

Try it on a motorcycle and you stand a great chance of dying.

I've laid a bike down to avoid deer before, but I've also put a car in a ditch before when speeding down a country road (as a very young lad) and blamed deer when the cops came.
   17. Poster Nutbag Posted: November 23, 2012 at 06:34 PM (#4308473)
Hate to be "that" guy and all, but considering the prior offenses.....wouldn't some investigation be warranted, even if just brief?
   18. Howie Menckel Posted: November 23, 2012 at 06:36 PM (#4308474)

Odd thing is that Freese was on his way to meat Clint Barmes...

   19. SoSH U at work Posted: November 23, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4308475)
Hate to be "that" guy and all, but considering the prior offenses.....wouldn't some investigation be warranted, even if just brief?


The story doesn't rule out an investigation taking place at the scene, only that nothing further was warranted.
   20. Lassus Posted: November 23, 2012 at 06:43 PM (#4308477)
I didn't mean turn into trees. I spoke very poorly. I just meant if there is dense brush or a field, avoid the damn deer. There was an actual full-on antlered buck I had to stop for two nights ago.
   21. Ben V-L Posted: November 23, 2012 at 06:59 PM (#4308483)
...if you hit a deer and kill it are you allowed to eat it?


The question for Freese is if you hit a tree are you allowed to eat it.
   22. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: November 23, 2012 at 07:22 PM (#4308490)
These deer are really a problem in West St Louis County.

About 10 years ago I clipped a deer that was crossing a back road near the Mormon Temple in Kensington (MD), and just two weeks ago I had to slam on my brakes when an SUV had to stop in front of me, in order to avoid a deer that was running full speed. I turned to follow the deer's path, and he was running towards a 7-11 on University Blvd., which is one of Montgomery County's main arteries. There's a punch line in there somewhere, but my venison chili is getting cold.
   23. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 23, 2012 at 08:34 PM (#4308507)
About 10 years ago I clipped a deer that was crossing a back road near the Mormon Temple in Kensington (MD), and just two weeks ago I had to slam on my brakes when an SUV had to stop in front of me, in order to avoid a deer that was running full speed. I turned to follow the deer's path, and he was running towards a 7-11 on University Blvd., which is one of Montgomery County's main arteries. There's a punch line in there somewhere, but my venison chili is getting cold.

I regularly have deer in my backyard in suburban Fairfax County, just south of Alexandria. IIRC, some researchers have suggested that there are now more deer than in the Colonial Period.
   24. bigglou115 Posted: November 23, 2012 at 09:05 PM (#4308515)
I was up in West Virginia a few years ago, where they have too many deer and too many tall bridges. I was driving towards one of those bridges and a deer ran across the road. Dumb animal turned with traffic and ran about a quarter of the way up the bridge, then jumped the wall trying to get away from traffic. Critter probably fell 60 feet. One if those crazy things that I'll never forget.
   25. Adward Posted: November 23, 2012 at 09:12 PM (#4308516)
Has anyone ever seen Freese and this deer together?



phredbird, ask and ye shall receive. Posts 77 and 88.
   26. musial6 Posted: November 23, 2012 at 11:54 PM (#4308546)
Bernard Gilkey once had 3 DUIs in a single offseason.
   27. McCoy Posted: November 24, 2012 at 12:39 AM (#4308556)
What is the point of deer anyway?
   28. bigglou115 Posted: November 24, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4308565)
What is the point of deer anyway?


They give us rednecks something to shoot that isn't people. Also, they are delicious.
   29. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: November 24, 2012 at 02:03 AM (#4308573)
Growing up in rural Michigan, my Mom kept two horses on her property. One to ride, one for a companion for the first. One evening (after dark) as I drove to her house at around 45 mph, a horse appeared in my lane. I somehow reacted quickly enough to swerve into the oncoming lane and avoid crashing into the horse. Once safely past, I quickly determined that this surely must be one of my Mom's horses that had somehow escaped. It was dark so I basically only saw a horse shaped object as I flew past, but it was right by her house. I drove a little further, pulled into my Mom's driveway and jumped out of the car and began to run back towards the horse. Unfortunately the next car along the road, smashed right into the horse. I immediately thought my Mom was about to have the worst day ever, as she loved those horses more that anything.

Fortunately, it turned out that it was not one of my Mom's horses but one that had escaped from someone a few blocks over. The car was really messed up and someone ended up shooting the horse in the street to end it's suffering. Ah, Michigan. Happy Holidays.
   30. McCoy Posted: November 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM (#4308617)
They give us rednecks something to shoot that isn't people. Also, they are delicious.

Cows are delicious as well but we don't let them roam free out in the wild.
   31. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: November 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM (#4308620)
The deer says he fell while washing his truck.
   32. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: November 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM (#4308623)
Cows are delicious as well but we don't let them roam free out in the wild.


If we're going to start culling a herd for safety purposes, it should be the longpig, not the deer.
   33. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM (#4308869)
If this deer was named Rob, it only had about a 19% chance of hitting the vehicle-- but if it did, it had a good chance of inflicting damage.
   34. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: November 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM (#4308876)
What is the point of deer anyway?

The antlers.
   35. DFA Posted: November 25, 2012 at 04:24 AM (#4309060)
Maybe, but how likely were the St. Louis County Police to go after a local hero for a one-car accident that caused minor damage? Wouldn't be surprised either way.


Rest assured, the St. Louis police department represents the best law enforcement in baseball.
   36. JoeHova Posted: November 25, 2012 at 04:29 AM (#4309061)
Try it on a motorcycle and you stand a great chance of dying.

My dad once hit a deer while he was riding his motorcycle on I-94 near Madison. He was driving from Milwaukee to visit me and my wife in Minneapolis. Fortunately, he was wearing a helmet and leathers. His bike was destroyed and he was knocked unconscious but luckily he didn't break any bones or suffer any lasting injuries. He showed me his helmet when I saw him after the accident. Parts of it were ground flat from skidding across pavement. He would definitely have been killed if he hadn't been wearing a full-face helmet and was very lucky to have not been run over by a car or truck while he was laying in the middle of the freeway unconscious.
   37. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: November 25, 2012 at 06:28 AM (#4309068)
my kids all had horses/ponies growing up and the only bad story to come out of that was my oldest was walking his pony back to the pen after a ride and suddenly the pony spooked, ran down the driveway and then just flat stopped in the middle of the road. a woman in a car was a good quarter of a mile away when the pony stopped in the road (by her own admission later) and she never slowed down but just plowed into the pony. when asked why she didn't even tap the brakes a little her response, 'i thought it would move'.

my son watched the whole thing happen in little guy horror. he was devastated.

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