A 20-year-old from New Hampshire was fatally hit by a car following a separate collision with a bear, police said.
A 17-year-old was driving a Ford Focus on a rural road along the Connecticut River around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, when she hit a bear crossing the road, according to the Charlestown Police Department. Another 17-year-old and 20-year-old were also in the car, police said.
The trio then got out of the stationary car, which was badly damaged, to assess the scene, according to the police.
As one of the passengers, a 20-year-old man from North Walpole, stood in the road an oncoming Volvo hit him and the Ford Focus, police said. The man died at the scene.
The driver of the Ford Focus suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, police said.
The names of those involved have not yet been released, police said.
Following a car accident, drivers should, if possible, move the vehicle to the shoulder, and all passengers should stay out of trafficaccording to defensive driving experts.
Another car accident involving a bear in New Hampshire occurred last month, according to WMUR. A female bear was struck and killed along the Maine border; it is cub was later rescued and taken to a rehabilitation center.
It is estimated that there are between 4,800–5,000 black bears in New Hampshire. No other bear species live in the state, according to the state’s Fish and Game Department.