Accident in New Hampshire Blamed on Bear

Accident in New Hampshire Blamed on BearSeven people were injured in a recent two-car crash in New Hampshire, including two people critically, and officials suspect that a bear was the reason for the crash, the Boston Globe reports.

James Iannuzzi of Boston was driving southbound on Route 16 in Ossipee, New Hampshire, when he reportedly swerved to avoid a bear in the roadway. The bear had already been struck by another vehicle, according to the news source.

Iannuzzi’s car then hit a Land Rover driven by Sandra Peoples of Conway, New Hampshire. In Peoples’ car were three passengers, all children. All four people in the car were taken to nearby hospitals and listed in stable condition. Iannuzzi and his two passengers were also transported to area hospitals, but Iannuzzi and passenger Brian Berglund were listed in critical condition. His other passenger, Jonathan Harker, was listed in stable condition.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), an estimated 200 human deaths each year are attributed to crashes involving animals, such as a direct collision with a creature or a car accident that results from a driver trying to avoid an animal on the roadway. Nearly 4 percent of all motor vehicle accidents on U.S. roadways reported to police involve a driver directly hitting an animal.

A bear was also responsible for a traffic accident in Wisconsin, according to the La Crosse Tribune. Vicky Drews of Black River Falls was killed after allegedly rear-ending a car whose driver had stopped in the road to watch a bear. Drews encountered the parked car, owned by Nancy Blazek, at approximately 8 a.m. one morning in July. Blazek, of Bangor, was cited for stopping where prohibited for her role in the crash.

Drews, however, was not wearing a seat belt and died from her injuries after being transported to the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.