A Salem man is in intensive care after the vehicle he was a passenger in struck a deer Jan. 2, 1 mile south of Gainsville, Mo., on Highway 5.
Charles "Max" Humphries, 61, received severe head injuries after a deer slammed through the windshield of a 2003 Chevrolet one-ton truck driven by his son, Charles Heath Humphries.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Humphries and his son were in the northbound lane when a car in the southbound lane hit a deer, which propelled the animal into the truck.
Humphries was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home and later transferred to St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield.
Humphries' brother, Larry, said Humphries has not been conscious since the wreck. He said his brother is breathing on his own after being taken off a respirator Jan. 6.
Despite Humphries' condition, his family remains optimistic.
"I definitely think he is going to get better. It's just going to take some time," Larry Humphries said.
Larry Humphries said his brother is making improvements, but he may not regain consciousness for several weeks.
Officials said weather is not believed to have been a factor in the wreck.
Besides his son Heath, Humphries has a daughter, Misty Carter, and another son, Lance Humphries.