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McClellan Column Casts Doubt on David Freese Car Wreck Story

The columnist for the Post-Dispatch talked to residents in the area who doubt that the St. Louis Cardinals star was just avoiding a deer.

St. Louis Cardinals fans gasped collectively at news that 2011 World Series most valuable player David Freese of Wildwood had been in a single-car accident on Nov. 22.

Was he OK? Was alcohol involved for the player whose history has included drinking and driving? The answer, .

Freese swerved to avoid a deer, police said.

Now, a column by Bill McClellan in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch casts doubt on that story. McClellan talked to two people who were in the vicinity at the time of the wreck on Thanksgiving afternoon: A cyclist named Dave Fleming and a neighbor of the home where Freese's car took out a fence named Jim Mathis.

Both acknowledge that deer are common in the area, but neither saw any that day, according to McClellan's column. Instead, they look at the skid marks and the damage that was caused and conclude that Freese may have been speeding and possibly fell asleep at the wheel.

McClellan had no comment from Freese or his representatives.

What do you make of McClellan's column and the original news reports about Freese's accident?

FedUpVet December 01, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Living in that exact area of the accident, I have been keeping track of near misses with deer that I personally have been having this year. That week, I had four near misses that easily could have been deer collisions. Two were at night and two were during the day. This is nothing but a witch hunt that's only purpose is to stir an empty pot for circulation purposes.
Julie Brown Patton December 01, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Per some reader inquiries, the original Eureka-Wildwood Patch breaking news alert/article about this accident can be found at http://eureka-wildwood.patch.com/articles/cardinals-david-freese-wrecks-rover-to-avoid-deer-in-wildwood
Ed Wright December 01, 2012 at 11:24 PM
To even attempt to raise a doubt regarding the account of the accident using the circumstances in the story is highly irresponsible and an obvious attempt to make an issue where none is justified. Much stronger evidence would be needed than 'no deer were seen that day' and 'skid marks'. This makes me lose all respect for McClellan. Anyone who drives roads in the area knows that deer materialize from nowhere and disapper just as quickly. Skid marks would be expected.
Chris Weber December 02, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Let McClennan have a close encounter with a deer and see where his skid marks are.
Eileen Tyrrell December 02, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I agree.

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