An early morning commuter on the 154 highway near the Cold Spring Canyon Bridge hit a California black bear, mortally wounding the animal. According to Nooz Hawk, the driver hit the bear at a high speed, breaking the animal’s rear legs and wrecking his BMW in the process. The Department of Fish and Game was called to the scene, but the bear died before anyone arrived. Apparently a CalTrans employee brought the bear’s body to a Chumash spiritual leader shortly after the car accident took place.
The driver of the vehicle was wearing his seat-belt and did not sustain any injuries in the car accident. Auto collisions with animals often take place in the wilderness and can present a hazard to drivers, especially at night and in the early morning when they are difficult to spot. As a car accident lawyer in Ventura I urge drivers to expect the unexpected and always take necessary precautions to safely avoid hitting any animal that may be crossing the road. If you or a loved one were injured in an auto collision, speak with a car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.