Angelina Johnson was driving on Ky 229 when it happened in a manner of seconds. A wild turkey crashed through the front windshield of her truck. She’s now in the hospital with some serious injuries. But her mother is thanking God that her daughter is still alive.
Moments after the 20 to 30 pound bird made its unexpected crash landing, an ambulance rushed Angelina Johnson to the hospital. There the first person Johnson called was her mom.
“She’s really in pain, she said, 'Mommy, I thought I was dead',” Rhonda Hollin said when she recounted the phone conversation she had with her daughter.
Johnson was coming home on Ky. 229 about 10 a.m. Thursday when police believe something spooked the bird into traffic…and through the truck’s windshield. Its head landed where Johnson’s 19 month son normally would have been. The bird was killed instantly…and Johnson has a lot of cuts and bruises.
“On the left side of her face she has a cut on her eyebrow. And it looks like a really bad burn, it goes from here all the way down,” Hollin said.
Police say Johnson was able to regain some control of her truck even after the collision and they say it could have been much worse.
“I told her, 'God was with you', God was with her,” she said.
Police who’ve worked the Laurel County area for dozens of years say they’ve seen lot of animals hit cars, but never a turkey.