Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

Man seriously injured when deer hit him

Pedestrians beware

Steven Barker of Battle Creek, Mich., went for a Friday stroll and ended up in the hospital — put there by a member of the local whitetail herd.

According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, Barker was walking along Lakeshore Drive when he paused to allow several deer to cross the path in front of him. He paused for about 15 seconds and continued on.

He apparently didn’t see three deer trailing the rest. Bystanders say the deer struck Barker and knocked him down.

Barker suffered a head injury and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. His condition was later upgraded to serious.