This should get some action!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

This should get some action!

Updated 04/06/2010 – 06:45 pm

Around 4:00 pm today former Southampton Town Trustee William H. Bennett "totaled his truck on Jessup Lane" returning to his home from Dune Road.

The accident was caused when a 200-pound female deer leaped in front of him.

According to Mr. Bennett:

"It would probably been all right if she was just running, but all I saw were the legs so she was up in the air before the impact."

The collision occurred near Cross Lane as the doe was running West to East. Mr. Bennett was traveling North in his 2004 Chevrolet pick-up "about 30 miles-per-hour."

"The headlights fell off, the bumper is gone and the radiator was on the road. Pushed the battery back a ways, too."

Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Parlato Bennett

A relieved Mrs. Bennett reports:

"A passerby called the police, who dragged the deer carcass off the road. The tow truck from Speonk took the truck away.

Bill was not hurt but he is seriously upset and currently without wheels."


The good news, aside from Bill not being in­jured, is that my wife now has another, stronger voice joining her to do something about the burgeoning deer population within the Village.

"And just up the road, on the corner, there must have been 14 of them in the lot there... all waiting to have babies!"

...Mr. Bennett added.


1. Champ19 said...

Ya know, I don't eat venison, but a lot of people I know do. Not to mention the food kitchens that would love to have some venison stew on offer. Harvesting deer for food is in the best interest of everyone, deer included. Starving deer foraging closer to human habitation is an old story. Controlled harvests benefit everyone. Predictable outrage at the slaughter of "Bambi," but do people really want to witness mortally wounded deer in the road. Not humane I would say. Let 'em eat venison.

2. Hampton West said...

Glad he wasn't hurt!

I see deer all the time on Dune Road when I ride my bike in the early morning hours. Also see an occasional fox – not a hazard to vehicles. The deer population is way out of control; there has to be a thinning out! It would be tricky hunting in close quarters to houses but at this rate some motorist will be seriously injured or killed.

Been saying that for several years! Always thought it would be some some soccer mom from Quiogue whipping across Turkey Bridge yakking on her cell' 'phone, not Bill Bennett coming up Jessup at 30 mph!

3. Ray Overton said...

Here's a clue - you want to stop having deer populate the community, stop planting all these high-end gardens. We are creating tremendous FREE salad bars for the deer and inviting them out of the woods. And don't believe any advertising that says plantings are not attractive to deer. It's sort of like developing a taste for clams on the half shell - at first, not so good. But after trying them a couple of times, delicious.

Fine, Ray, but now that they are here and plentiful, they'll eat whatever is edible.

We could eat at Starr Boggs all Summer long with what my wife has spent on spectacularly ineffective "deer discouraging" products this decade! Just because she wants to grow some tomatoes!

4. UsuallyQuietOnQuiogue said...

Wow, soccer moms on Quiogue. Who knew!?!

I used to refer to them as "young Quiogue matrons," but one of your "yQm" took issue with my characterization!

5. Carrie said...

This baseball mom on Quiogue knows that the deer like to cross just north of Montauk on Main Street before the curve - don't make any calls near there!

6. Mrs Genetics said...

Did anyone from the troika request the deer get a breathalyzer test, since they run WHBPD?

7. Hambone said...

Why would you think they are from Quiogue?

Seems to me they could be from Quogue or anywhere else East for that matter.

Maybe it is a Westhampton "Mom-a-set" packing her girth into her car while chatting to her neighbors about her neighbors. They used to be rare but they are becoming much more of a presence. The "Mom-a-set" is generally harmless but has a shrill nasal wine and should be culled before the deer.

Who comes from Quogue at a rapid rate of speed, turns off the highway at Strebel's Laundry, and navigates the bends around the churches while playing "Chatty Cathy" on her cell' 'phone? No, I think it's safe to say that they reside on Quiogue.

But I trust you're not actually characterizing all the young Westhampton mommies as bulky.

8. Hambone said...

Per the attached:

"As of the census of 2000, there were 800 people, 336 households, and 192 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 635.7 per square mile (245.1/km˛). There were 545 housing units at an average density of 433.1/sq mi (167.0/km˛). The racial makeup of the CDP was 74.50% White, 11.00% African American, 1.00% Native American, 1.88% Asian, 7.00% from other races, and 4.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.38% of the population.

There were 336 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.6% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.02."
That would mean there are roughly 60 families (30% of roughly 200) that could qualify as a "soccer Mom."

Seems to me ya could just name 'em and be done with it.
And it seems to me that you could mosey on over to WordPress or Typepad and start your own blog and be as discursive and disputatious as you want.

"CDP," indeed! [snort!]

9. Tugboat Bertha said...

How did this conversation evolve from a deer totaling guy's truck to shrill nasal whines and bulky mommies?

It, um, evolved.... but the unfortunate driver wasn't "a guy," it was the estimable William H. Bennett, perhaps the last of a breed which was once common in these parts.

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