I see a trend going here Bruce. This happened near a Buffalo suburb a week ago Car crashes into bear on Route 400 The bear was killed
Updated: Monday, 18 May 2009, 9:46 AM EDT
Published : Sunday, 17 May 2009, 6:48 PM EDT
AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A trip to the movies takes a very unexpected turn for a local couple.
A Friday night drive on the 400 Expressway had an abrupt ending for Errick Vedder and his girlfriend Brianna Kriger.
"We're doing 65 and the next thing you know airbags are going off, like you could see a flash of the bear," said Errick Vedder.
His girlfriend hit a bear in the Town of Aurora just after 9 p.m. Friday.
Vedder says it came across the road and there was nothing she could do to avoid it. The bear was killed.
Vedder and his girlfriend were not hurt.
"I mean if she swerved she could have hit the guardrail, she could've swerved too fast and flipped the car. A bunch of different things, she drove really good," said Vedder.
The 911 dispatcher didn't believe him at first.
"I'm like I just hit a bear on the 400 and she's like you mean a deer? And I'm like no, a bear. Like I hit a bear, she's like a deer, a bear, and I spelled it out for her and everything and she couldn't believe me,"Vedder said.
Vedder says the bear weighed more than 300 pounds.
His Pontiac Grand Prix has extensive front end damage and may be totalled.
The bear ended up in the median about three or four feet off the road. It took four guys to pick the bear up, carry it across the road, and load it into Errick's dad's SUV.
East Aurora police officer Darren Longboat was one of the officers who responded.
"It was just different of course, at first we were concerned if it was going to be an injury cause initially it came out as an injury accident possibly and they can be quite tragic," said Officer Longboat.
Car-bear collisions are not common in Erie County, but there have been bear sightings in the area.
"About an eighth of a mile from this location there was a sighting a few summers ago and also in the area of Bowen Road we've had some sightings and on Darien Road about 10 years ago," said Longboat.
Vedder said, "Hey it happens I guess you gotta prepare, you gotta prepare for everything."