A driver, attempting to avoid a deer on Wildwood Drive, lost control of his truck and hit a power pole early Sunday morning.
According to a report of the crash, the St. Johns County sheriff’s deputy who responded to the area near Seville Parkway just before 3 a.m. found the Ford pickup truck “flipped on the driver side.”
The truck had crashed into a concrete wall for the Andalusia neighborhood, the report said.
The 22-year-old driver told the deputy he was driving eastbound on Wildwood Drive when a deer ran in front of him and he turned his steering wheel to the right, causing him to leave the road and hit a Florida Power & Light power pole.
After striking the pole, the truck never re-entered the lane of travel and continued heading southbound, sliding sideways and eventually striking the Andalusia sign with its front bumper and driver’s side quarter, the report says.
That caused the truck to roll and come to final rest on the driver’s side.
“From initial collision with the FPL power pole and final rest, [the truck] travelled approximately 200-300 feet,” the report says. “This indicates the vehicle was travel[ing] at speeds in excess of the posted speed limit.”
The driver had minor cuts to his right arm but refused treatment from St. Johns County Fire Rescue and was cited for careless driving and no proof of insurance, according to the report.
A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said traffic on Wildwood Drive was closed for about an hour and a half.