the fellow immediately fled the scene.
But when you hit a 1200lb steer at 45 mph, well, there's a trail of parts that makes it easy to find the house.
The impact broke off the left rear leg of the steer. I put it down, and then skinned it and field dressed it on the road. Pouring rain, and pretty cold. Pretty good conditions for field dressing, actually.
The road in front of my farm is posted at 25mph; this guy was going 45 or so. The cow got thrown 120' or so.
What was interesting was that the pickup trucks front bumper wasn't touched; the impact was pretty much the engine, hood and windshield. The deputy who responded said it looked a lot like a moose impact -- which makes sense, as my $5 calfs are really huge now.
The fellow had a suspended license, no insurance and apparently drank quite a bit of alcohol when he got home -- stress from the accident, I suppose.
I'll look at the carcass tomorrow in the daylight to see what I can salvage.
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