A teenage learner driver has passed his test despite killing a stray deer midway through the exam.
Tom Lo, from the Essex village of Copford, took the exam in Colchester and was driving at around 40mph near Fingringhoe when the animal ran out unexpectedly.
His instructor Robert Jezierski later praised his student's emergency stop skills, commending the 17-year-old for keeping his composure.
Coggeshall Driving School's Mr Jezierski later passed a shaken-up Tom, having only faulted him for two minor errors.
Tom said the deer appeared to be involved in a race with another animal.
Undeterred by the accident on Monday April 18, Tom drove to college unaccompanied the following morning.
He has since been appointed his peer group's designated driver.
Tom claims he feels much more grown up since being able to get behind the wheel without any instruction.
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