A Wonderful Weekend that Ended Frightfully!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Vision Quest WV0026375

My husband Claude, our dog Zeke, and I spent Memorial Day Weekend with my brother Dan in Blountville, Tennessee,  and other family members.  On Memorial Day, we enjoyed a great picnic, boating, sunbathing, laughing and having a great time!


Boone Lake Tennessee on Memorial Day

We departed my brother’s home about 7:45 pm for our 3.5 hour trip home.

We were driving on I-64 East to our home in Lewisburg, WV.  This is a great four-lane highway with two lanes going east and two going west with a large median island between the lanes.   Claude and I were about 20 minutes from home and we were talking about what a terrible traffic day we had on I-64 on December 23, 2008-- witnessing several accidents and spending over 15 hours in the car .

All of a sudden, I saw a black bear in the left headlight and then the loudest BOOM ever.  We had hit a black bear, the headlight went out and the steering wheel locked on my husband as he was trying his best to keep the car straight.  The car was going to the right, off the road.... I closed my eyes and waited for the bumpy ride to stop.   I didn’t know what to expect next.... were we going to flip over, go down a hill, hit a tree, or what.... then suddenly the car stopped.  There was smoke and fumes in and around the car, our airbags had deployed and we were both coughing.  We looked at each and asked “are you okay”.  It happened so fast...I saw in a blink of an eye a bear and then the hit.

Thank goodness we were not injured in any way.  And Zeke, was still sitting on the back seat looking pretty calm.  Claude turns off the car ignition, and gets out of the car.  A car with flashing lights had stopped.  It was a forest ranger who had seen the accident, and turned around to help us.  He called the police and a tow truck.  The car was about 30 feet from the road in mud and surrounded by cattails.  I sat there crying and thanking God for watching and guiding us to safety.

We told the forest ranger what happened.  The ranger and Claude go looking for the bear with a flashlight.  Within a few minutes, a Greenbrier County Sherrif's Deputy arrives....  they found the dead bear on the left side of the road in the median island... about 40 feet from where we hit him.  

bear collides with a Honda

black bear killed while crossing road

It was late and we needed a ride home...so I called our neighbor Tom Johnson, who is also my broker.  Tom was so kind enough to come out after midnight to help us.  We arrived home about 1:30 am.  

It started out as a great weekend that ended frightfully and could have been worse.  A memorial weekend I will not forget!  The car might be totaled, but that is okay as we can always get another car.  We are just thankful we survived the accident unscathed.

The forest ranger informed us that there are many black bears out this year causing many accidents.  So please be very careful while driving at night.

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Howdy and afternoon Rebecca

Rebecca my friend, I sure was mighty glad to read that you, Claude and Zeke were not injured after hitting the Bear. Hitting something that big sure is never any fun. That sure say a lot about your Broker, sure being a mighty good guy. There as been a lot of Bears, Moose going across the roads up here right now.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

May 30, 2012 05:16 PM #1
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Rebecca, WOW!!!! So glad you all are OK. I never would have managed there would be so much damage to your car, it must have been large. And what a wonderful Broker you have! Thank Goodness I'm not in Bear Country.

May 30, 2012 05:33 PM #2
Kathy Sheehan
Movement Mortgage 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Branch Manager

I am glad to hear you are both okay.  That had to be a terrifying experience.

May 30, 2012 05:44 PM #3
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
Rebecca ...I am glad you all are ok ...that's a memorial day you'll never forget!
May 30, 2012 07:07 PM #4
Toni Weidman
Re/Max Sunset Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Rebecca - how frightening and I'm so glad you're all okay. Zeke probably thought it was a new game. Poor bear. But the main thing is that you and your husband and Zeke are unscathed.

May 31, 2012 05:44 AM #5

Rebecca, what an experience!  Thank God you "all" are o.k. 

May 31, 2012 06:19 AM #6
Rebecca Gaujot, the GO TO REALTOR
RE/MAX Vision Quest - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County

My husband and I went back to the scene the next day to get a better photo of the bear, but it was already removed.

May 31, 2012 07:27 AM #7
Robert V

Wow! That was a big Bear! I am so glad you didn't have a worse accident. Life in Northern WVA, full of wildlife. We wished we could have joind in the fun but will be up for Laor Day! Looks like we missed a great time.

May 31, 2012 07:39 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

We are thankful that you were not injured.  I've hit a couple of deer but no bears.

Time to get a new car.  Be careful out there!

May 31, 2012 08:21 AM #9
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 - Newburgh, NY
LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY

Glad to hear you are all okay.. a car is just a car.. and sad but true.. cars do hit bears and all sorts of animals..

May 31, 2012 08:42 AM #10
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Good grief Rebecca... Certainly glad you guys are all okay but what a tale.  One Memorial Day you won't soon forget!  We just never know what's around the next curve in the road. 

May 31, 2012 10:08 AM #11
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Rebecca, I had to check out this post after reading your other one. I'm always on the look out for deer, but never thought about black bear...glad everyone is safe.
May 31, 2012 08:04 PM #12
Ron & Alexandra Seigel
ra@napaconsultants.com - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Marketing


So glad you came out unscathed--all of you.  Cars don't matter and as you said you can always get another one.  Wishing you all the bery best.  A

May 31, 2012 08:34 PM #13
Jane Peters
Power Brokers Int'l - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene

So sorry about the poor bear.  But it was lucky that you guys were not hurt.  I can imagine how upset you must all have been.

May 31, 2012 09:50 PM #14
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

That is a crazy story!! I am so glad you all were ok and that God was there to help you. Not a fun event though at all....

Jun 01, 2012 05:49 AM #15
Jeanne Kozak
RE/MAX In Action - Martinsburg, WV
REALTOR and Broker/Owner in WV and VA

Gald to hear you are OK !

Jun 02, 2012 07:36 PM #16
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