A Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control worker coaxes an injured baby deer from a bush following a traffic crash. Austin Dave/The Signal

UPDATE: Collision with deer sparks 3-car crash near Central Park

 

A young deer was struck by a motorist near Central Park Tuesday morning sparking a three-car traffic collision.

Although the animal received immediate attention from witnesses to the crash who ran to its aid and from officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the seriously injured deer was put to death.

“It didn’t survive the car crash and was euthanized,” said Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. on Bouquet Canyon Road, between Centurion Way and Central Park.

“A car hit a deer on Bouquet,” Lt. Doug Mohroff of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station told The Signal.

Motorists who saw the collision stopped abruptly, causing a small pile-up near Central Park.

Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the crash at 8:33 a.m., Fire Department Inspector Joey Marron said.

“This was a three vehicle collision,” he said, noting none of the people shaken up in the crash was taken to the hospital.

Some of the people who witnessed the deer being hit ran to its aid and tried to help it.

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