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Hit By Teen Driver, Black Bear Dies

Animals  (tags: bear, killed, car, accident, rare, wildlife, sadness )

- 3596 days ago -
MARLBORO TWP. -- .Teenage motorist Paul Pitney ran into a huge surprise when he encountered a 249-pound black bear while driving on Beeson Street NE.


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JoAnna N (199)
Friday August 21, 2009, 11:55 am
Poor bear! Thanks T.erry

Rhonda Maness (580)
Friday August 21, 2009, 12:18 pm
Thanks Terry

Glenda J (158)
Friday August 21, 2009, 1:31 pm
Animals the same as humans have a limited time here on this Planet

chris b (2474)
Friday August 21, 2009, 1:53 pm
Is this acase of an inexperineced youg driver not reacting to a hazrd that presentet itself unexpectedly. This is precisely the reason the hazard perception test was put into the theory part of the driving test in the UK. Toomany kids gaining there licence at 17 and driving dads care after learning on a small school car and thinking they are invincible till they hit something unexpected, and we don't have bears in the UK. They were hunted to extinction before all our rednecks emigrated to America! We did have three lions escape from a circus in Grimsby and they made for a pub they probably had not been watered and fancied a few pints of the local brew! Poor old bear what a miserable end to his evening meal! May his soul rest in peace in the name of the Father,Son and Holy Spirt, Amen!

Anumpeshi Aduddell (227)
Friday August 21, 2009, 2:49 pm
This si truly so sad,in his changing of worlds we bless his spirit

Elm M (357)
Friday August 21, 2009, 2:51 pm
I am totally against yoiungster getting driver's licences! They are barely out of their teens, and the 'me-itis' syndrome still very strong - meaning they see themselves as the centre of the universe. It is no accident (excuse the pun) that insurance companies hike up their mv premiums for youngsters......

This bear's death is living proof of why youngsters should not have licences. Poor bear, and I really don't think that the comment above about all of us having limited time on earth is appropriate to this story.

Yes, we all have to die, but do we have to die because of the idiocy of giving youngsters driving licences?

Tiffaney Dixon (15)
Friday August 21, 2009, 2:54 pm
Thanks Terry

Joycey B (750)
Friday August 21, 2009, 4:08 pm
This is so tragic. Sadly noted. Thanks Terry.

Leigh B (211)
Friday August 21, 2009, 5:29 pm
If these teens are going to drive, they need to pay attention to the road so that this doesn't happen, Im sure its in bear crossings, which signs need to be put up " Slow Down For Bears", shame on him for not being more attentive, I lways am when I am diring near a lot of deer crossing and its the same thing, you must be cautious. We/ve got to save our wildlife and this teen steped over the boundry!

. (0)
Friday August 21, 2009, 6:05 pm
Automatically judging the teen as guilty of inattentive driving when you did not witness the accident is an injustice. The authorities that investigated the accident stated that the driver had no time to react; indicating that the bear darted out in front of the driver without warning. The bear was also within a township where they are not normally found. Have a little compassion for the kid that killed this animal. Be thankful that it wasn't a child that darted out into the street.

julie S (46)
Friday August 21, 2009, 6:41 pm
May this help other drivers slow down and drive consciously. Bless you Black Bear.

BernadetteP P (72)
Friday August 21, 2009, 7:17 pm
taht is sad terry thank you

Jeanette Steffi G (189)
Friday August 21, 2009, 11:06 pm
The bears' habitat is continually shrinking. That poor bear couldn't have died if its home was still spacious for him to roam on. Humans are taking too much land. May that innocent bear rest in peace.
Thanks for the news.

Vijay Tankha (28)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 4:23 am
Terribly tragic. This is what hapens when an irresponsible parent does not keep track of his child. The parents need to be charged.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 5:41 am
Driving slower can prevent an accident

Mandi T (367)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 11:11 am
This is sad on a couple levels. Of course loosing the bear is tragic and with the areas they live shrinking:(. And this had to scare the BeJesus outta' the kid.
Was there a bear crossing sign? :(
Thanks for the post Terry

Michael Owens (1647)
Sunday August 23, 2009, 2:46 am
Thanks Terry

Mark G (36)
Sunday August 23, 2009, 11:12 am
This certainly doesn't appear to be the young man's fault. When a wild animal runs out in front of your car you often do not have time to avoid it. According to State Farm statistics there are 1.5 million auto accidents involving deer in the US each year.
And as far as the UK hazard perception test it is designed to test recognition of hazards that develop over time. A black bear running in front of your car at night certainly doesn't qualify as a hazard that develops over time. I narrowly avoided hitting one a few years ago in the NC mountains. Had it been at night when I wouldn't have been able to see him running towards the road, I would have.

chris b (2474)
Sunday August 23, 2009, 2:11 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday August 24, 2009, 6:10 am
i cannot believe your blaming a 17yr old for accidently hitting a BLACK bear at NIGHT. it could have happened to anyone. its sad for the bear.and i'm sure the young man was pretty upset about it himself.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 24, 2009, 6:19 am
omg, denise are you serious. are you serious? were you perfect at 17. the boy was 17 he was coming home from church, it was dark. i'm 38 yrs old i too have accidently killed animals in the road. jesus christ you people on here are just perfect. my god when something darts out in front of you you donot have time to react. wow people mourn the bear stop blameing this young man. so many people so quick to judge just by reading a story. which clearly reads to me as a freak accident. and half you on here wonder what is wrong with the world.and denise one more thing this boy is 17 his parents are not blame no matter what he does.
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