Motorcyclist hits bear on rural road

Georgetown man escapes with minor injuries, animal dies
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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Man overcame nature when a motorcyclist collided with a bear Monday morning. At about 5:50 a.m. 47-year-old Carl Strain was driving his red and silver Kawasaki motorcycle on Highway 193 about a tenth of a mile north of Coon Creek Road in the Georgetown area when a bear stepped out in front him on the roadway, according to Officer Dan Stark, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol Placerville office. Strain hit the bear, Stark said. While Strain escaped with minor injuries of scratches and bruises, the bear succumbed to its injuries, Stark said. Emergency personnel found the animal dead off to the side of the road. Stark said the Georgetown resident was driving at about 45 mph on the two-lane road when the collision occurred. He said while it’s uncommon for a bear to be on the road, accidents between animals and motorists do happen. “When an animal runs out in the road, nine times out of 10 it’s something unexpected,” Stark said. “You can’t really fault the driver.” Stark said Strain was wearing a helmet and was “very lucky” to survive the accident. “When you’re traveling on a mountain roadway, expect an animal to run out in front of you,” Stark cautioned. “Don’t drive faster than you can see with your headlights. About the safest thing you can do in a situation like that is slow down.” Jenifer Gee can be reached at