I love animals way too much, so **** the Ferrari. As wonderful a time machine as the 512M, my inner Buddhist would never get over knowing I could have avoided the poor little hedgehog.
I've killed a bird (flew into my roof rack), and a rabbit (Zion National Park on a twist canyon road), and I can't seem to shake the terrible feeling that I killed those little bastards for no good reason.
I've avoided a rogue buck while driving at 65 mph in a 2door Blazer towing a trailer, swerving and missing it by inches, more than likely saving the lives of my closest friend, and also swerving and missing a very rotund badger while on a single lane highway traveling at a similar pace in a Toyota Matrix XRS. I've also missed a family of Ptarmigan crossing a very remote highway in western Canada, simply knocking over a baby while driving my Passat at the legal speed limit.
All in all, I think I have a superb record of animal avoidance. If you are a good driver, with quick reflexes and an awareness of your surroundings I think you can more often than not avoid killing yourself or animals. Or anyone else on the road.
If it comes down to mine, or another humans life then of course the animal is about to feel the wrath of my steel chariot, but that is where situational awareness comes into play. An ability to asses risks quickly, and act accordingly.
Kill the deer, rabbit, whatever.
If I had swerved when a deer ran out on me while riding the ZX6R. I would probably be dead. Instead I hunkered down and hit that mother. Then threw it in the truck and ate that bastard.
I'm guessing he actually tried to avoid to in order to avoid hitting it causing an accident. That's a shame, he probably would have gotten less damage from just running it over.
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One time I hit a bird doing about 60mph and drove around with it on the grill of my civic for a week straight before finally scraping it off with a stick...