Teen Injured After Swerving for Deer, Rolling Vehicle

HUSTON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Police say an area teen was injured after she swerved for a deer, struck a ditch, and rolled her vehicle onto its side early Saturday morning.

According to DuBois-based State Police, the accident occurred around 4:09 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, on Bennetts Valley Highway, just south of Woodward Road, in Huston Township, Clearfield County.

Police say 19-year-old Jaelin G. Decker, of DuBois, was operating a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, traveling north on Bennetts Valley Highway and going approximately 50 miles per hour, when she swerved to miss a deer in the roadway. Decker then lost control of the vehicle, which went off the right side of the roadway, hit a ditch, and overturned onto its side.

According to police, Decker and her passenger, identified as 20-year-old Kaidyn M. Heaps, of Middletown, Pa., were not using seat belts.

Decker suffered suspected minor injuries and was transported to Penn Highlands DuBois Hospital by Bennett’s Valley Ambulance.

Heaps was not injured.

Decker was cited for a traffic violation.


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