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.

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Comment by Robert Stout on December 3, 2009 at 11:07pm
You are lucky it wasn't a moose angered by Sarah Palin....
Comment by Howdy1LC on December 3, 2009 at 10:58am
Forest,
Is having a lift kit safe? I thought that the smarts low profile was a safety feature. It looks great, I am just wondering.
Comment by SMARTY on November 25, 2009 at 9:17pm
i almost hit a opossum (BIG RAT) IN THE ROAD COMING HOME ONE LATE NIGHT. grrrr! now adays animals dont get out the way when they see a car coming.. -dogs,cats,birds, they be like go around or stop and let me pass. Ha! really? So i just cross animals wit cautions in my SMART :D unless im in my truck, then try your luckY ;)

ROADKILL is bad for all cars! be carefull and slow down.
if u want to save'em blow your horn & flash your lights - shoo! shoo!
Note: hit a minimal speed 25mph
Comment by Zippin Pippin on November 25, 2009 at 1:42am
A friend, an architect was having trouble with raccoons in his chimney. He designed and had fabricated a $1000.00 expensive covered cap for his chimney. As he drove up the driveway he saw the mother raccoon climb up the chimney with a baby in tow. With out missing a beat she walked up to the raccoon proof chimney cap, lifted it with one paw and dropped her baby down in the chimney and close the cover! What nice protection for her babies. Almost as good as a tridion cell!
Comment by spicejax on November 24, 2009 at 10:01pm
Those Raccoons are mean, ornery, stubborn, and stupid. Maybe this one thought he was tougher than a smart car or decided to commit Raccoonacide. RIP Rocky

MJB
Comment by Rob on November 24, 2009 at 7:26pm
Suicidal raccoons. Whatcha gonna do.

Good thing that no one was hurt (except for the raccoon and the smart). Didn't your insurance cover the accident?

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