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Second bear killed on Ohio roadways in one month; more bear sightings reported

Posted: 8:48 AM, Jun 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-12 13:04:46Z

For the second time in a month, a driver in Ohio has struck and killed a bear on a roadway.

The latest accident happened Tuesday morning, June 12 in Akron. The bear was killed on Vernon Odom Boulevard and is believed to be a black bear weighing around 400 pounds, officials said.

It had been tagged and came from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

In late May, driver Corbin Hardy was heading back from West Virginia on the Ohio Turnpike in Warren, Ohio when he hit and killed a black bear that had darted across the turnpike .

"I was cruising down the middle lane, and at the very last second, I see a face, and it's the face of a bear. It was not even a 100 feet in front of me when it was crossing the lanes," said Hardy. "I only had time to lift my foot off the pedal."

Hardy said the bear was large and the impact was so intense that the airbags deployed and his engine was left smoking.

The bear was found on the left shoulder, around 100 yards from where it was initially hit.

"It was crazy. Nothing like hitting a deer. I was going 70 miles per hour, normal cruising speed and when I hit the bear, my car slowed down to around 50 mph. My head barely touched the airbag," Hardy said.

He totaled the 2010 Subaru Legacy that he purchased when he was 18, but was, fortunately, able to walk away without a scratch. 

Authorities told him that the bear most likely died on impact.

"If it had to die, I'm grateful it was sudden," Hardy said.

He totaled the 2010 Subaru Legacy that he purchased when he was 18, but was, fortunately, able to walk away without a scratch. Even his cabin was untouched.

Authorities told him that the bear most likely died on impact. "If it had to die, I'm grateful it was sudden," said Hardy.

Sightings of black bears in the last several weeks have increased. Last week, a black bear  was spotted in Brecksville  trying to get into a beehive.

Several days later, landscapers in Pepper Pike  spotted a small black bear before it ran off into the woods.

, WEWS television station in Cleveland reports. Earlier in May, a black bear  was spotted in Brecksville  trying to get into a beehive.

Several days later, landscapers in Pepper Pike  spotted a small black bear  before it ran off into the woods.