Motorist avoids deer, loses control

snowreckOn Saturday, March 1, 2014, at approximately 3: 30 P.M., California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop Communication Center received a report of a vehicle on its side in the Walker Canyon area.  The area received snow earlier in the day, however, at the time of the collision the weather was clear and cold.
A CHP officer from the Bridgeport Area office responded to the scene and located the vehicle on southbound US-395, north of SR-108, in an area commonly referred to as reverse curves.  The vehicle was located on the right shoulder resting on its passenger side.  The driver was identified as Mr. Stephen Dempsey, 26, of Mammoth Lakes.  Dempsey, and his dog Legend were traveling southbound US-395, north of SR-108 (reverse curves), when he observed a deer on the right shoulder.
Fearing the deer would run in front of his vehicle, Mr. Dempsey took evasive action.  Mr. Dempsey’s vehicle veered right and traveled onto the soft dirt/snow shoulder.  Mr. Dempsey lost control of his vehicle which ultimately came to rest on its passenger side.  Both Mr. Dempsey and Legend were uninjured.  After taking a traffic collision report, CHP personnel transported Mr. Dempsey and Legend to their home in Mammoth Lakes, California.

 

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DESCO
DESCO
7 years ago

I too got a ride home from the CHP when my M/C broke down about 8 miles south of Bishop. While we were riding along he radioed to any other LEO’s in the area to keep an eye on my bike. Drove my truck back down and as I was… Read more »

JeremiahJoseph
JeremiahJoseph
7 years ago
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And I can’t figure out why people need to go so far to prove to one another that Law Enforcement is out serve the public? Isn’t that the job? I know I wouldn’t be so negative towards Law Enforcement if they stopped using the monopoly of violence that they have,… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

I ran out of gas years ago just south of the Owens River bridge on highway 6, and walked all the way to the shell station in Bishop. Luckily , there were 2 CHP officers,one male,one female, on there coffee break and as I approached them, I said ” Are… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago

I’ve come close a couple of times. Deer are practically invisible in the evening until you are right on top of them. Scary stuff.

Any complaints about the CHP in this instance? I think not. Nice of them to take Dempsey home.