Troy Abbott claims

Dr. Troy Abbott, coroner

ANDERSON — Madison County Coroner Dr. Troy Abbott followed all the required procedures after striking a deer while driving a county-owned vehicle.

Abbott struck the deer at 9 p.m. Nov. 25 while driving on County Road 280 North near the intersection with North County Road 900 West.

Abbott was traveling east on County Road 280 North when the deer ran into the roadway, according to the report filed by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

“I was traveling 30 miles per hour,” Abbott said Monday. “The deer jumped out and hit the front of the car.”

Abbott said when he got out of the Chevrolet Tahoe, the deer ran off.

“I called the sheriff’s department right away to file a police report.” That night, he also took a breath test for the presence of alcohol. It came back negative, according to County Human Relations Director Beatrice Ramey.

As required by Madison County, Abbott contacted the county commissioners about the accident the next day.

Damage to the Tahoe has been estimated at $4,100.

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Senior Reporter covering Anderson and Madison County government, politics and auto racing for The Herald Bulletin. Has been working as a journalist in central Indiana since 1977.