The Taraboczhia family of Emerson, N. J., had just left Notre Dame, where their daughter Riana was just accepted, and was traveling west on U.S. 20 near Wilhelm Road when the bird flew into the path of their rental vehicle.
The male turkey was killed on impact.
The five vehicle occupants -- husband, wife, daughter, teenage son and mother-in-law -- sustained minor cuts from the glass. The family was driving back to O'Hare International Airport in a black 2016 GMC Yukon.
During mating season for wild turkeys, they are often on the move and can be as hazardous as deer, police said.
Turkey surprise! This vehicle struck a wild turkey on US 20 near Wilhelm Road this morning. pic.twitter.com/vs2TqdCBGQ— LaPorte Co. Sheriff (@XLSarge) March 28, 2017
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