A 23-year-old man who swerved his Pontiac sedan to miss a deer rolled his car in a crash on Beverley Hills Road just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
The man, whose family asked the Island County Sheriff’s Office not to release his name, suffered “minor” injuries from the crash and was transported to WhidbeyHealth.
Deputy Grant Walker said a man who was close to the scene of the crash helped extricate the 23-year-old driver from his vehicle and placed him on the side of the road. Police responded to the scene at about 2:48 p.m.
Deputy Rob Davison said the driver was lucky to be alive based on the extent of damage to his vehicle.
“The seat belt saved his life because he didn’t get ejected,” Davison said.
Skid marks from the scene indicate the man was in the other lane when he lost control of the vehicle, Walker said. Davison said he overcorrected after avoiding the deer, which led to his car smashing into a tree at the edge of the road. Parts of the car were strewn about the road.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS blocked the road to traffic while police investigated the scene. It is unclear how long the road was closed on Wednesday, as fire officials were not available for a phone interview in an attempt to reach them on Friday morning.