What was the game plan he had set up for this? Did he think there wasn’t going to be any follow up to the report? Did he really think anyone would ever buy this? Did he think the man’s family would just accept it? What an absolute moron.
He KNEW there’d he follow up. That’s why he got in front of the story and reported hitting a deer. You can’t claim you thought a dude was a deer AFTER they track you down with evidence. You have to claim it BEFOREHAND.