Miller Media Group news and sports reporter Leroy Kleimola almost made it to Mattoon Tuesday night to broadcast the Taylorville at Mattoon boys basketball game, but a deer had other ideas.
The company vehicle Kleimola was driving, was slammed into by a deer in rural Shelby County on the way to broadcast the game.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigated the one vehicle accident.
Kleimola was injured and was able to drive the car back to Taylorville, then took himself in his own vehicle to Taylorville Memorial Hospital where doctors treated him for some neck pain. They tell us he’ll be OK but suggested he take a couple of days off, which he’s doing.
We don’t know what happened to the deer.
As for the game, Miller Media Group officials reached out to the Cromwell Radio Group in Mattoon, where general manager Lucy Englum gave permission for WTIM to take their feed from Cromwell station WMCI to broadcast the game that Taylorville won 45 to 39.
Feel free to wish Kleimola well at this story at taylorvilledailynews.com.