Bedford Man Injured Attempting to Avoid Hitting Deer on US 50 West

(MITCHELL) – A Bedford man was injured after he attempted to avoid hitting a deer and crashed his vehicle into a utility pole early Wednesday morning.

According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report, 31-year-old Garett Leighty was traveling west on US 50 West near Wesley Chapel Road when a deer ran in front of his 2003 Ford Focus.

Leighty, of 1039 Hayes Rd., attempted to swerve to miss the deer. When he did, he over-corrected and lost control of his car.

The car went off the north side of the road near the east entrance of Knott Cemetery.

The car collided with a utility pole and stopped, facing north with the back portion of the vehicle on top of a large rock pile of landscaping rocks.

Leighty complained of pain to his shoulder and upper arm but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Assisting at the scene were police officers with both the Mitchell and Bedford Police Departments, Marion Volunteer Fire Department first responders and an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew.