You expect a lot of things on Route 1 in Woodbridge: traffic, fender benders, and more traffic. One thing you don't expect to see is a deer in the afternoon.
But that's what happened to one motorist who had a too-close encounter with the creature at the Route 1 and Green Street intersection Friday afternoon.
The car hit the deer near the Loman Automotive Dealership, said Woodbridge Police Captain Roy Hoppock.
The driver of the car wasn't injured, but the deer was. The animal was still alive when Woodbridge Police arrived at the scene.
The deer was put down, Hoppock said.
Deer in some of the more wooded areas of Woodbridge's 25 square miles aren't unusual, but finding one on a busy highway like Route 1 isn't something you see every day.
"There are small wooded areas throughout Woodbridge, like in Colonia," Hoppock said. "We get deer all the time there."
He said that development of wooded areas throughout the county tends to push the deer, who are looking for food, to any place where they can find it - including townships like Woodbridge, which has most major roadways in the state running through it.