Motorcyclist Collides With Bear on 154

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Around 2:30 am, on Friday, September 11, a motorcyclist collided with a large bear on Highway 154 near Paradise Road . County Fire, AMR and Sheriffs responded, and once on-scene discovered the bear, dead in the road, with a crashed black and gold motorcycle down some distance west of the bear. Responders were unable to locate the driver in the area. It was surmised the motorcycle was headed west on 154, toward Sant Ynez.

Over an hour after the crash, the driver was located at Cottage Hospital.

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a-1599849988 Sep 11, 2020 11:46 AM
Motorcyclist Collides With Bear on 154

Too bad there are not cams along 154 that would not only record the speed of vehicles (and act as a warning of excessive speed) but give advance notice of obstacles ahead, as here, the unfortunate bear.

REX OF SB Sep 11, 2020 04:06 PM
Motorcyclist Collides With Bear on 154

The bear reportedly had severe mood swings and was in a depressive state, which is why they think it was a bipolar bear.

(Thank you. Thank you very much. I'll be here all week.)

vvorker Sep 11, 2020 04:25 PM
Motorcyclist Collides With Bear on 154

Not many those critters left around here, so quite the shame!
I almost hit a 6 point Mule deer buck , coming down Gibraltar a few moons ago on 2 wheels!
I have noticed the wild animals have been acting strange due to all the smoke, they don;t know if the fire is close by, etc!
Wondering the affects on featherless bipeds!

biguglystick Sep 12, 2020 11:28 AM
Motorcyclist Collides With Bear on 154

Poor bear! Our poor wildlife. I always watch the roads, especially at night, when I'm traveling... our wild neighbors have enough to deal with due to us. Hope the motorcyclist is ok too. Sucks all around.

oceandrew Sep 12, 2020 05:57 PM
Motorcyclist Collides With Bear on 154

Dang, hard enough from dusk to dawn having to look out for deer crossing the road but black bears too?? Good thing I don't make that drive any longer as a cager or a moto enthusiast.

PitMix Sep 14, 2020 07:02 AM
Motorcyclist Collides With Bear on 154

Motorcyclist on the 154 at 2:30 am, what could go wrong? This is the 3rd bear killed on that highway at night in recent years. The first 2 were courtesy of casino guests. I guess the bears figure that 2:30 is a safe time to cross but unfortunately they were wrong.

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