LA PORTE, Ind. — A New Jersey family’s road trip to a college in Indiana had a frightening detour when a 30-pound wild turkey smashed through their car’s windshield, police said.
The Taraboczhia family, of Emerson, was driving on U.S. 20 in La Porte County, having just left the University of Notre Dame, when the scary collision happened.
As they drove down the highway, the wild turkey came flying toward their rental SUV and smashed into the windshield, becoming impaled in the glass, the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Tom died on impact.
The shaken family suffered minor injuries from the broken glass but is otherwise fine, according to police.
“Out of nowhere this turkey starts flying. I see the wings open up, coming right at me,” John Tarabocchia told WLS-TV. The family was in the Midwest to take their daughter, Riana, to check out the school that had accepted her, the station reported.
Tarabocchia was able to pull the SUV over to the side of the road safely while the poor animal, still alive, struggled in the window.
This is a dangerous time of year for wild turkeys and drivers alike, as the animals are in the heart of mating season. Police warned drivers to be on the lookout for the animals, just as they need to stay vigilant for deer crossing the road.