Rivera was running alongside Clairborne Parkway in Loudon County, Virginia, around 6:00 p.m. A Toyota driven by a South Riding resident struck a buck, and sent it flying off the road and right into Rivera. The odds against that happening are high, but that didn't help Rivera, or the deer, which died at the scene. Rivera and the driver were treated and released at a nearby hospital. Rivera suffered a concussion, a cut on her scalp and a bruised knee. She told interviewers: "My whole right side hurts."