Driver killed in Jefferson Co., deer crashes through windshield

Driver killed in Jefferson County after deer crashes through windshield

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A Jefferson County woman was killed Sunday night when a deer crashed through the windshield of her vehicle after being hit by another vehicle. (source: Citizen Tribune) A Jefferson County woman was killed Sunday night when a deer crashed through the windshield of her vehicle after being hit by another vehicle. (source: Citizen Tribune)
Kenda Talley (source: Facebook) Kenda Talley (source: Facebook)

WHITE PINE (WATE) - A Jefferson County woman was killed Sunday night when a deer crashed through the windshield of her vehicle after being hit by another vehicle.

Officials say a 2004 Nissan S18 driven by William Woody, 34, was traveling southbound on US Highway 25-E near Chock Cherry Lane and Leadvale Road around 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

The Nissan struck a deer that was standing in the middle of the road.

The impact threw the deer through the windshield of a Honda Accord driven by Kenda Talley, 18. The deer passed through the vehicle and out the rear window.

Talley's vehicle then left the right side of the roadway, traveling several feet before striking a tree and coming to a rest.

Talley was killed in the crash. Talley's brother, passenger Larry Jordan Talley, 13, was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for his injuries. Family members say he is now back home recovering from a broken nose.

Neither Woody nor his two passengers, Wallace Woody, 57, and Dillan Woody, 11, were injured.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Raines was one of the first to respond to the accident. He says the circumstances were unusual.

"The deer did go into the windshield of the Honda Accord, through the back window came out. The Honda Accord then went off the right side of the road, traveled several feet before striking a tree and coming to rest," Raines said.

Raines says everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.

"A type of freak accident, nothing could have prevented it. Everyone was driving safely according to witness reports," Raines said.

Family members describe Talley as a fun, positive person who was always smiling. One of her cousins tells 6 News she attended Carson Newman College and had just landed a welding job. Raines knows the family and says they're dealing with the loss as best as they can.

"She was a good young lady, getting ready to complete college. So it's a tragedy, it's a good hardworking family and I'd ask that everyone keep them in their prayers," Raines said.

The funeral arrangements are pending.

6 News Reporters KAYLA STRAYER and MONA NAIR contributed to this report.

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