FHP: 2 killed after deer ran in front of SUV in Nassau

FHP: 2 people killed after SUV swerved to avoid deer

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — Two people were killed Saturday when a driver swerved to avoid hitting a deer in Nassau County, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said a Ford Explorer was southbound on US Highway 17 near County Road 108 around 12:40 a.m. when a deer came into the path of the SUV.

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FHP said the driver tried to avoid hitting the deer and drove onto the shoulder of US 17, where the SUV hit a tree.

Two men, one 19-year-old and one 20-year-old, were killed in the crash. Their identities have not yet been released.

The driver had minor injuries and a fourth passenger was unhurt, according to FHP.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, troopers said. They are still investigating.