2 people die as bear flies through SUV
Two people died and a third was injured when a bear crashed through this SUV near Luskville, Quebec, police said.
June 8th, 2011
01:33 PM ET

2 people die as bear flies through SUV

A bizarre auto accident involving two vehicles and a bear has left two people and the bear dead, Canadian authorities said.

Police in Quebec said a 300-pound male black bear wandered onto a road and was struck by an eastbound Pontiac Sunfire. The impact sent the animal hurtling through the air, where it smashed the windshield of a westbound Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle and went out through the back window, regional police spokesman Officer Martin Fournel said.

"It was a 300-pound bullet," he said.

The SUV's 35-year-old female driver and a 40-year-old man sitting behind her were killed; a 28-year-old front-seat passenger suffered minor injuries, Fournel said. In the Pontiac, neither the driver, a 23-year-old man, nor his 19-year-old male passenger was hurt.

No alcohol or drugs were involved, and police are still trying to determine each vehicle's speed in the 90 kph (56 mph) zone, Fournel said, adding that charges are unlikely.

"It's a first, there's no doubt about that," he said. "We had similar accident several years ago with a deer going through the windshield and ending up in the back seat, where it injured a boy. He wasn't killed, he was hurt. But it was not like this."

It's bear mating season, and many male bears are out looking - sometimes recklessly - for females, so drivers on rural roads should be watchful, hunting guide Daniel Larocque told the Canadian television network CBC.

The accident occurred near the town of Luskville, about 25 miles northwest of Ottawa, Ontario.

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  1. Ryan

    Do bear flies live in the states?

    June 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Callmeishmael

      This is funny on what planet??

      June 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      Funny planet: Uranus. Everything about Uranus is funny.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      @ booger

      Interestingly, it's pronounced "yu̇r-ə-nəs" not "your anus".

      Old joke is old.... And incorrectly pronounced.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      @Phil Thanks for raining on my parade with all your fancy book-learning and such. All this time, I've been calling it YOUR ANUS. I feel so ashamed.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kathy

    I don't worry as much about an econonomic collapse as I do the collapse of human compassion. These comments are exactly what's wrong with the world...two individuals and a majestic lost their lives in a horrific way and all I see here are heartless jokes...so sad really.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • hingedlwnb

      I agree.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      completely agree. what is wrong with people?!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Midwest wonderer

      I agree too. I am just waiting for someone to comment that it is Obama's fault like these nutcases do for everything else.
      An unfortunate accident....nothing funny about it at all.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      I agree with you, Kathy. It does show the deteriation of our society. No respect, no class, and no intelligence.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      If they didn't want us to make jokes about it, perhaps they should've chosen a different way to die. If anyone's thoughtless, it's the victims and the selfish bear that was out looking to get laid.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • almxx

      The deaths of all involved in this, might in fact be a quicker, less painful death, than most of us reading this story will face.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. somuchfor

    The bears are looking "recklessly" for mates? I'm sorry but I'm sure they don't think walking across the road is reckless–avoidance of cars is not built-in instinct–it's learned behavior.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ranger Smith

      Did he look both ways first? Doesn't sound like it. That's pretty reckless to me. He probably ran with scissors, too.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      Yeah, that Pathfinder learned his @ss up real good.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. EX-Navy Mineman

    hey boo boo watch this. what a freak crash. i guess when it is time it is time

    June 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ranger Smith

    Looks like Yogi got a Boo-Boo.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. FParanha

    Makes no sense to test innocent victims for drugs and alcohol. Shows just how stupid this namby-pamby sissy country has become. I blame histerical groups like "Mothers Against Rational Thinking."

    June 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • booger

      THIS JUST IN: Canada is a different country than the US.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • FParanha

      Right you are. Guess I'm going to have to stop saying that Canada is the US without the BS.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ian

    I hate myself for this but. . .

    How will their families BEAR with the loss
    :(

    June 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • booger

      I hate you, too. Please go drink some Draino.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    I just think out of the whole after math that police say quote "No alcohol or drugs were involved, and police are still trying to determine each vehicle's speed in the 90 kph (56 mph) zone, Fournel said, adding that charges are unlikely." whats wrong with police today is this all they care about two ppl where killed because a bear ran out on the road and all they think about is if drugs, alcohol, or speeding was involded. And they are suppose to serve and protect give me a break!!!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • puck the cat

      What do you expect them to do. They have to ensure that the people involved had all of there faculties. They also asses driving speed, road conditions, environmental conditions and so on.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      I think that Serving and Protecting means determining if drugs or alcohol played a role in this accident. If they didn't determine this, the families of the victims would probably be calling for an investigation. After all, the bear was originally hit and that is what caused it to fly into the other SUV. If the person had been drinking and could have avoided hitting the bear that caused 2 deaths, don't you think the driver should be held responsible?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      Um, puck...there's a significant different between "asses" and "assess". Go check it out on the Google.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeroybrown

    This is a terrible accident that happened right near where I live. One of the potential reasons why this accident happened was because poachers are putting bait near the major roads because it is hunting season for bears. Maybe this is what causes the bears to wonder on the roads and perhaps putting bait near major roads should be addressed as a danger to human and animal life.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • booger

      Yes, I've seen it myself. Stupid poachers are always leaving delicious pick-a-nick baskets near the road.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      That makes a lot of sense. If hunters want to kill bears they should be made to stay away from highways. If they don't like or can't do all the hiking, then maybe they just need to stay on the couch where they normally live the rest of the year.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. styymy

    The Pontiac driver must have figured they could drive though the bear as if it were a cat.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • puck the cat

      You're comments are asinine...the bear obviously ran out in front of them without warning! Please refrain from posting your insensitive and useless comments

      June 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      Puck, please refrain from breathing.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. booger

    I imagine most people who are afraid of getting killed by a bear didn't envision this scenario.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Axie

    Bear should know better to look both ways before crossing the road.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. metro Houston

    this is Obama's fault. Nothing like this ever happened when Bush was in office.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • puck the cat

      You know the article does mention that the accident occurred in Canada...C-A-N-A-D-A, not the U-S-A...was that slow enough for you to comprehend?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ian

    Flying bears? I blame global warming. WE DIDN'T LISTEN!!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mark

    Notice how they say that no alcohol or drugs were involved? Because, see, if they were then THEY would be to blame, not the bear who unwittingly stepped into the path of a 4000 pound vehicle. As much as we need to reduce drunk driving, we need to reduce persecution of drunk drivers, even more.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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