A MARATHON jogger has survived after being knocked out by an airborne deer which was flung into the air after it walked in front of a nearby SUV.
Krystine Rivera was out running near her home in Ashburn, Virginia, after a bad day at work when the accident happened.
At first she had no idea what had hit her, until she regained consciousness in the ambulance, The Washington Post reports.
The 27-year-old administrative analyst was hit by the flying deer after it walked out in front of an SUV being driven by a 71-year-old woman.
Rivera recalled a paramedic told her they were cutting away her favourite running shirt because it was covered in deer blood.
Rivera suffered a concussion, a cut to her scalp and a bruise to her right knee.
"I was running, then I was on the ground and then was listening to the paramedic," she said.
A female passer-by called 911 and used Rivera's phone to dial numbers that reached Rivera's boyfriend and her family.
"I want to really thank her, whoever she was. And I am glad the driver is all right."
The driver was treated at Inova Loudoun Hospital and released a short time later, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
Her sister, Shannon Rivera, posted on Facebook that her sibling was "hardcore".
'My sister, the survivor of flying deer. Most hardcore sister to have,' she wrote.