1 dead after driver hits deer in roll over crash

One person died in a rollover crash on Interstate 295 south near exit 6 in Johnston Friday morning after the driver hit a deer, Rhode Island State Police told NBC 10 News.

One person died in a rollover crash on Interstate 295 south near exit 6 in Johnston Friday morning after the driver hit a deer, Rhode Island State Police told NBC 10 News.

Police said the driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the SUV after it rolled over several times and landed on the passenger side.

The second and third lanes of the highway were closed shortly after the crash occurred around 5 a.m. The scene was clear as of 7:30 a.m.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management reported that there were 92 deer-related crashes in 2014. The most occurred in Scituate, Warwick, Tiverton, South Kingstown, Lincoln, as well as Coventry, but officials want the public to keep in mind crashes can happen anywhere and they want drivers to be on alert.

Deer can be very unpredictable, authorities said, as they tend to dart out on roadways. Typically, they are out at dusk and dawn.

"Each year in this country, more than 150 people are killed and thousands are injured in collisions with large animals, in particular deer," said David Raposa, managing director of public affairs for AAA Northeast.

Raposa told NBC 10 there are ways to reduce the chances of hitting an animal.

"Scan far enough down the road and to the sides -- that you have your best chance of seeing something that may come out at you," Raposa said.

Police have not released the victim's name in Friday's crash, but said no one else was injured.

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