FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - A township resident has died from injuries suffered Nov. 24 in a collision with a deer on South Middlebush Road. 

Mark Rodgers, the 63-year-old Somerset resident passed away from his injuries Tuesday, according to police. 

“The vehicle had struck a large deer – approximately 212 pounds. The deer came through the windshield and struck the driver, Mr. Rodgers, and ended up in the back seat of the car,” Franklin police Lt. Philip Rizzo said. 

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According to research by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance collisions with large animals doubles in October, November and December during deer mating season. One study by the University of Connecticut determined that most deer accidents occur in November between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m. 

State Farm also offers some tips below on what to do to avoid a deer strike:

  • Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn
  • If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs
  • Always buckle up, every trip, every time
  • Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic
  • Brake if you can, but avoid swerving, which could result in a more severe crash
  • Remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animals
  • Avoid distractions, like devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal
  • Do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not proven effective
  • If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and keep focus on the road ahead