Teen Dies After Deer Thrown Onto Her Minivan

A 17-year-old girl driving with three children when a deer struck by another vehicle was flung into her minivan has been killed in west Michigan.

Michigan State Police tell The Grand Rapids Press that Barbara June Barnick of Ionia died following the crash that happened about 5:20 p.m. Sunday in Lowell Township. They said Barnick’s 14-year-old nephew was a front seat passenger, and 1-year-old and 9-year-old children were in the back seat. Police said the children were wearing seatbelts and none suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police said a car passing in an eastbound lane struck a deer, which flung across the road and struck Barnick’s 2008 Chrysler Town and Country. Her vehicle crossed, went off the road and hit a tree.

No further details were released.

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