A 56-year-old Glen Arm man, who was the middle passenger in a truck, was killed Tuesday morning when a deer that had been hit by a car going in the opposite direction, went flying through the truck's windshield.
The man, whose name had not been released as of Thursday pending making contact with of next of kin, was the middle passenger of a Ford F650, a mid-size dump truck, according to Sgt. Jeff Kloiber of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack.
He was sitting between the driver, Jose Juarez-Alvarez, 40, of Forest Hill, and Octavio Zavala, 39, also of Glen Arm, the right front passenger. All wearing seat belts, the three were headed west on Route 23 near the Morse Road overpass around 8:30 a.m. They worked for Cedar Ridge Landscape Inc. of Glen Arm.
As they were driving, a deer that had been hit by another car went through the dump truck's windshield, Kloiber said.
The car that hit the deer, a silver or gray small passenger car, was heading east on Route 23 when a deer came out on the road and was hit by the car. Witnesses told police the deer went airborne and into the windshield of the dump truck.
The middle passenger died of massive internal injuries, Kloiber said. Juarez-Alvarez and Zavala were taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
Troopers would like to find the driver of the car that first hit the deer, Kloiber said, but quickly added the driver is not in any kind of trouble.
"They're not in trouble, we'd just like to add their version of what occurred," he said. "They have no control over a deer running in the road or where the deer would go after it hit the vehicle. They are in no way, shape or form responsible for that collision."
It was the 20th fatal accident on Harford County roads this year.