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. Antonio M

    Kathy you are oh so correct!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. daisy

    How can a bear be 'reckless'?

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

      If you would have read the article, you would have seen that the bear was tested for drugs and alcohol. He was probably relapsing after trying to kick the sauce and got reckless, crossing the street in a drunken stupor and got whacked...happens all the time (according to the article).

      June 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      By recklessly running/mating above the speed limit duh!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymuf

      it is anthropomorphism, isn't it? and yet you can make certain assumptions regarding the "intent" of an animal. the animal may have acted in disregard for its own safety due to mating instincts. It seems plausible. But is that a known fact or conjecture? I guess we will never know. Let's consult a behaviorist.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dover

      He has never had any recks?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Senior

      He wasn't using drugs or alcohol, as mentioned he was tested, so he was just plain reckless..

      June 8, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bilingual Bear?

    Wonder if the bear was plowed into because it didn't speak French?

    Men looking "recklessly" for a piece of action? I have now deduced that this bear is the very essence of one looking "wrecklessly" for some tail...hope he got some and went out like a CHAMP...

    June 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jessicaber

    I suspect that the Pontiac driver is responsible for the deaths of the two in the SUV, thinkin' he should have stopped for a bear that big. 23 year old male driver? Guys will be guys right?

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

      Women shall not speak, it's against the law.

      I am the law

      June 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwight Guy

      You do realize the man in the Pontiac wouldn't have hit the bear intentionally, right?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    II can bearly believe it.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jessicaber

    I think that you missed something. It says that it left the bear dead.

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

      "I think that you missed something. It says that it left the bear dead."

      Those are the bear facts of the matter.

      Did anyone attempt mouth-to-mouth resuscitation ?

      July 5, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    What??? They tested the bear for alcohol and drugs???

    June 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattinDC

      ha ha ha ha ha ha

      June 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nick


    June 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ohio Mike

    "bear flies through SUV"
    Interesting, I didn't know bears could fly!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymuf

      He was just learning how to fly. How did it turn out?

      June 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • senseless

      As solo flights go .... not so great.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. OldGoat

    Goes to show that these bears are looking for love in all the wrong places.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. OldGoat

    Oh yes! Police now suspect the bear was texting while driving.

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

    Is Albert Haynesworth okay? How fast were they travelling when they hit him?

    June 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • whiskeyjack3


      June 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Black Lawyers Rule The World (at least the USA)

    Did the bear die in the air form asphyxiation ?

    June 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Please tell me you are not a lawyer...spell much?

      June 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MattinDC

    Huh? The article clearly states the Bear perished (Died) poor reading skills most likey YOUR culprit.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • annandale

      he meant a canuck (or two) got smashed. Perception is everything

      June 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      no it does not

      June 10, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Karen

    What a tragedy! Just think if the bear had been a little smarter (say, a congressman) he could have been seeking a mate via twitter rather than crossing highways in traffic!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • senseless

      How do you know the bear wasn't twittering when he was hit?

      June 9, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
    • senseless

      PS I would suggest checking his cell phone records ...

      June 9, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
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