1 dead another seriously hurt after SUV hits a deer in Montgomery County


November 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A southwest Iowa woman died and a passenger in her vehicle was seriously injured Wednesday, after the SUV they were in struck a deer on Highway 34, west of Red Oak, in Montgomery County. The Iowa State Patrol says 26-year old Shawna Michelle Curtis, and nine-year old Lydia Powell, both of Creston, were traveling east on the highway at around 7:15-p.m., when a deer entered the roadway. When Curtis’ 2008 Ford Edge struck the animal, the deer came through the windshield, hitting Curtis, causing her to lose control of the SUV.

The vehicle continued east on Highway 34 before it left the road, entered the north ditch and rolled over twice. Curtis died at the scene. Powell was flown by helicopter to Creighton Hospital in Omaha. A report on her condition is currently not available. The Patrol says the woman and the girl were wearing their seat belts.