Archive for Friday, April 24, 2009

Pregnant woman hit by car while fleeing bear

April 24, 2009


Police in Colorado say a pregnant woman suffered minor injuries when she was struck by a slow-moving car while fleeing from an adult black bear.

Police say they’re looking for the driver of the car that hit 26-year-old Ashley Swendsen on Thursday in Colorado Springs. Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Terri Reishus says Swendsen, who is about five months pregnant, is in good condition.

Michael Seraphin of the state Division of Wildlife says the bear was later euthanized after Swendsen identified it.

Police say the motorist who hit Swendsen stopped and spoke to her but left before authorities arrived.

The wildlife agency says the incident occurred in an area where bears are common.


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