Headed up Hwy.287N. in Taxas at about 3:45am on Nov. 17th I ran across a raccoon that acted more like a squirrell. As I was coming up on a large shaddow that was crossing the road up ahead about 200 yards or so,I realized that it was indeed a raccoon and the largest one that I had ever seen in person other than on T.V. As I was slowing down to the posted speed limit of 35 mph and about 50ft. from him, the sharp projection angle of the headlamps startle'd him and he did a 180 and then darted straight out into my path on the left front corner totally obliterating the lower core-support, fog lamp,fog lamp cover,Lt. fender & under gerth cover panel. I tried to swerve to miss him but the more I tried, the more he picked up his pace so impact was enevitable. So if you see a dog or other small animal, avoid hitting it at all cost or you'll end up like me with $837.40 in parts alone to repair the damage. Lucky for me I'm a mechanic so working on cars is nothing new to me. I just wish that I had'nt run over such a large animal since my smart is only 5 months old. It almost looks like Smiley has a tooth knocked out with the fog-lamp opening wide open and the lower deflector busted loose. I've got my parts ordered & they should be in the dealer in a couple of days or so, so I've got my work cut out for me this week-end.If the impact was just 8 or 10 inches to the rt. it would have busted the radiator & a/c condenser so I was thankful that did'nt happen, since where the accident occured was a long way from nowhere,(Quanna Tx.) which is a little podunk town you only slow down long enough to blink twice in.It's a little more than half-way between Dallas & Amarillo Tx. I'd hate to know I was stuck out there for more than a day,although they did have a Dairy Queen to eat at. So safe driving to all you Smart drivers out there & good luck alway's.