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'The deer hit me': ex-hockey pro after crash

Rebecca Martin · 27 Sep 2011, 12:11

Published: 27 Sep 2011 12:11 GMT+02:00

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“It was the animal that jumped into me,” he told The Local.

On September 7th, Parmström, known as "Ankan" (literally: the duck), was driving home after receiving the news that hockey star Stefan Liv and the Jaroslavl team had been killed in the Russian plane crash.

It was about 8pm and dusk had fallen over the countryside road he was travelling on.

On the stretch between Malmköping and Eskilstuna, an area rich in game, Parmström suddenly saw a deer pass in front of his car, about 10 metres away.

“My first thought was how very relieved I was that I didn’t hit it,” he said.

It was then that Parmström heard a loud thump at the back of the car on the right side.

“It was a second deer that had jumped over the fence straight into my car,” Parmström said.

After getting out of his car, Parmström found the animal, which had tumbled into a ditch at the side of the road. He is certain that the animal was deceased at the time.

“I looked at it, and it was definitely dead,” he said.

Parmström therefore left it by the wayside and went on his way home.

The next day, when he found out that any wildlife road accident should be reported, Parmström contacted the police.

The police phoned an on-call hunter, and after speaking to Parmström the hunter found the animal lying dead by the road.

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But because he waited until the next day to report the incident, Parmström has now been fined over 11,000 kronor ($1,600) for gross negligence.

According to Parmström, he is now considering contesting the decision.

Despite a “good dialogue” with the police after the incident he will now seek legal advice to see whether there is any point pursuing the matter further.

“If an animal jumps into my car, I don’t know if I would call that ‘gross negligence’. I really didn’t know you had to report that. If I had known, I would of course have done it immediately,” Parmström told The Local.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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12:56 September 27, 2011 by Åskar
I can understand his reasoning, but I don't agree with it.
13:19 September 27, 2011 by gplusa
and it was probably an immigrant deer.
13:52 September 27, 2011 by eltechno
Deer and cars-what a lovely mix. I can certainly sympathize with Parmstrom. I once had a deer jump out in front of my car. I managed to stop without hitting it. I waited a short while while the deer walks to the side of the road. As I SLOWLY tried to drive by the crazed animal, he head-butted my car. Dented both doors--it required several thousand dollars to fix.

And No, I certainly do not think it is gross negligence when an animal attacks your car.
13:55 September 27, 2011 by Åskar
The gross negligence bit was not the deer hitting the car, but driving away without calling the police.
14:30 September 27, 2011 by Svensksmith
It's always the second deer.
14:36 September 27, 2011 by RobinHood
A sensible law would compel drivers to report wounded animals. The current law benefits no one.
14:50 September 27, 2011 by andyron2

lol...an immigrant deer.
15:07 September 27, 2011 by Åskar

It does. Why, do you think, was he fined?
16:16 September 27, 2011 by Tanskalainen
My friend John hit a deer on an icy road and it totaled his truck! There was no way he could have avoided it, these things happen.
19:44 September 27, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
I can sympathize with Mr Parmström - could happen to anyone
21:08 September 27, 2011 by StockholmSam
He isn't being fined for hitting the deer. He is being fined for not alerting authorities to the incident. There are plenty of documented cases where a 'dead' deer (or moose or whatever) suddenly came back to life only to suffer a long, drawn out and painful death from starvation. These things have to be reported and this law is made clear in the driver training manuals. Heck, I am an immigrant from the US and even I know full well that I must alert authorities to the animal's location as soon after the accident as possible. Him being a Swede and all, he should have known this. I did a quick survey of several friends a few minutes ago and every one of them, Swedes and non-Swedes, were aware of this law. That said, I think the fine is a bit excessive. Half that would have been fair.
22:02 September 27, 2011 by skumdum
Only city folks report roadkills to the police.
22:33 September 27, 2011 by wxman
To expand on eltechno's comment, the deer and the auto have been the perfect combination since the invention of motorized transportation. Around the world, it's a marriage made in heaven (or hell, if it happens to you).
23:12 September 27, 2011 by newcommer
He is guilty of fresh meat spoilage because deer meat is the best in the world.
00:54 September 28, 2011 by rakerson
In the US recently, a dwarf woman sued a Starbuck coffee house for discrimination as they could not hire her. You see for this woman to be able to use all the equipment, it would be necessary to set up a stool for her. This is to follow the US Disabilities Act guidelines. However, setting up a stool in the middle of a busy (and sometimes wet) work environment would violate our OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) rules for a safe workplace.

Faced with this dilemma of two opposing governmental juggernauts and their contradictory rules and regulations he chose breaking the US Disabilities Law, pay $50,000 in a settlement with the dwarf, because OSHA would have shut his business down. It was the least expensive of the two injustices from our government here in the good Ol' US of A.

This poor guy is in a similar situation. Shame on both governments for their tyranny, and foolishness! When a government forgets that it works for the good of the people, and starts down this type of a evil, the people suffer.

Please forgive me, good people of Sweden, if I am overstepping my bounds here being only a US citizen of Swedish decent, but the judge who ruled this way should be recalled, or fired, by the people ( a mechanism we have in many US states).
02:08 September 28, 2011 by Da Goat
He did right by checking the deer , he did wrong by not cutting the throat and taking it home , skumdum and newcommer were right!

He is being charged for cheating the local hunter out of his venison! (maybe the judge wanted a cut as well)
08:56 September 28, 2011 by karex
Always expect a second one - they almost always run in twos. I have lost count of the number of times I have avoided hitting a deer because of this simple rule.
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