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Single deer causes two accidents, one fatality on N.C. 53

Pender County, NC (WWAY — One person is dead and two others injured after a deer ran into traffic on N.C. 53 last night.

All it took was one deer, to hit two cars and kill 43-year old Charles Foelsch while driving with his wife Sunday night.

According to N.C. State Highway Patrol, a couple was driving towards Jacksonville on N.C. 53, when a deer ran into the road and hit them. The deer then catapulted off the couple’s car, and into Foelsch’s windshield, while driving the opposite way. After running off the road into a tree, Foelsch died at the scene.

Pender and Burgaw emergency crews received the call just after 9:00 p.m.

Foelsch’s boss, Bill Tarplee, who owns Tideline Marine in Jacksonville, says he saw Foelsh just hours before.

“I was pretty shocked. Out of the clear blue, this is just a terrible thing,” Tarplee says. “He apparently left, went home, got his wife and went to look at a car they were thinking about buying.”

Car accidents caused by deer are common in Pender County, most happening in the peak season, which runs from September to January. However, this was out of the ordinary.

“We do have a lot of deer wrecks in Pender County, but to this extreme-this doesn’t happen a lot,” says Sgt. M.L. Collier, with N.C. Highway Patrol.

Foelsch’s wife and the passenger of the other car were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Tarplee says Foelsch will be sorely missed.

“He was a family guy,” he says. “He was very proud of his children and his wife and just one of the nicest people that you would ever meet.”

Tarplee is now collecting money to help the Foelsch family. You can donate at the Tideline Marine in Jacksonville, or you call the store for more information at 910-455-2979.

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