I'm glad you're okay. I drive a small car and certain seasons, deer and their young are on the road, dusk and dawn.
I've come close to striking a deer, both on rural highway (NH, upstate NY and PA and Massachusetts) and on a back road right outside of Boston, MA.
That last one was about 10pm, coming home from the gym...maybe 15 miles from the city. I was going slow enough that I was able to stop short. But the deer leapt across the hood of my compact car, back into the woods. I was so shaken up I just sat there in my car, shocked.
I have had two close calls.
I was driving on the north shore of Lake Superior (MN) and this deer came up out of a ditch right next to the car. It did a fast turn and it's hind end dented our back door. My sister was eye to eye with it for a split second and her first thought was "My but Bambi has BIG eyes!"
The second time, I had dropped my Mom off at her job (5:00 am) and it was very foggy. I was right by a local park and out of nowhere this HUGE Buck ran right in front of the car. I was able to slam on my brakes just in time!
Peace & Love, Gypsy
Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.