from the Martinsburg Journal:
Squirrel blamed for accident
Couple struck head-on after woman swerves to avoid animal
By EDWARD MARSHALL / Journal Staff Writer
HAGERSTOWN — A Maryland woman who swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel Saturday in Hagerstown struck a car head-on that was carrying a Martinsburg couple.
Philip N. Kisner, 50, and his wife, 50-year-old Karen Lynn Kisner, of Martinsburg, were both wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Philip Kisner refused medical treatment while his wife was transported to Washington County Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.
The driver of the other vehicle, 32-year-old Amy Deosaran, of Middletown, Md., and her 9-year-old son, who was in a child safety restraint in the backseat, were also taken to Washington County Hospital with nonlife-threatening injures.
According to police, the accident happened at 1:47 p.m. on Alternate U.S. 40 near Moser Road when Deosaran, who was driving east in a 2002 Acura MDX, swerved to avoid a squirrel in the roadway and collided head-on with an oncoming 1995 Toyota Tacoma driven by Philip Kisner.
Maryland state troopers from Hagerstown state police barracks responded to the accident.
Deosaran was charged with failure to drive right of center. The Boonsboro Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation.
According to police, the squirrel that caused the accident later attempted to cross U.S. 40 again and was eventually struck by a vehicle. It was pronounced deceased at the scene, police said.
— Staff writer Edward Marshall can be reached at (304) 263-8931, ext. 215, or firstname.lastname@example.org