Deer Kills Firefighter in Freak Accident

The volunteer firefighter was on a scooter in Rhode Island

A Connecticut volunteer firefighter died in a freak accident when a deer ran out of woods in Rhode Island and hit him.

Alan Smith, 41, of Plainfield was riding a motor scooter on Route 138 in Hopkinton, Rhode Island Sunday morning when the awful situation occurred.

Smith, his wife and and the Fun and Sun Scooter Club were en route to Narragansett for a nice day when a deer jetted out of the woods and hit him, according to the Norwich Bulletin. Smith and his passenger were thrown from the bike, police said.

Smith was taken to the hospital and died Monday night. His passenger was also hurt but survived.

Smith lived in Rhode Island and served on the Coventry Fire Department before moving to Connecticut.
Chief Paul Yellen of the Moo sup Fire Department in Plainfield where Smith worked says the death is "hard for us to comprehend."

Between 1993 and 2007, one person was killed in a collision with an animal, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Rhode Island also had one death in that same time frame.

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