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(WHDH Boston)   Fark Ready Headline: Conn. man killed when he crashes motorcycle into bear   (whdh.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Associated Press, Thomas Kovalik, Connecticut, Litchfield County, Connecticut, Harley-Davidson, Litchfield, Connecticut, 65-year-old Connecticut man, Copyright  
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2021-06-06 9:32:24 PM  
Is the Bear OK?
 
2021-06-06 10:01:30 PM  

OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?


No, it was a grisly mess.
(pausing for protracted laughter.)

Here's a weird bit of detail: Thomas Kovalik, of Plymouth, was driving a 1995 Harley-Davidson.
Oh, a '95 Harley! No wonder.
 
2021-06-06 10:14:08 PM  
The sign said "bear left"
 
2021-06-06 11:57:19 PM  

OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?


More than likely.
They're just a mass of muscle this time of year. Probably some bruising, maybe a cracked rib or two...
 
2021-06-07 1:26:34 AM  
Early morning motorcycle riding in Utah I almost hit a full grown elk in the road. It was so big I could not see over the top of it from my seat. Thankfully I think we both scared the shiat out of each other and avoided the collision by about a meter.
 
2021-06-07 1:34:14 AM  

Redh8t: OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?

More than likely.
They're just a mass of muscle this time of year. Probably some bruising, maybe a cracked rib or two...


And now really pissed off.
 
2021-06-07 1:36:00 AM  
I only hit a raccoon, and it did so much damage, I had to have the car towed. Mind you, I was doing like 180kph.  Insurance guy couldn't believe a raccoon did $4000 damage. lol
 
2021-06-07 1:37:03 AM  
I'm sure the family of the rider is getting a big kick out of this thread.
 
2021-06-07 1:37:06 AM  

bughunter: Redh8t: OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?

More than likely.
They're just a mass of muscle this time of year. Probably some bruising, maybe a cracked rib or two...

And now really pissed off.


Does "road rash" usually have teeth marks?
 
2021-06-07 1:38:16 AM  
With just a bit of prior planning the Bear might have paid extra for that.
 
2021-06-07 1:42:19 AM  

OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?


That they know he struck a bear, I'm guessing it was still at the scene.

But of everyone involved, I hope the bear is okay.
 
2021-06-07 1:48:42 AM  

dbirchall: bughunter: Redh8t: OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?

More than likely.
They're just a mass of muscle this time of year. Probably some bruising, maybe a cracked rib or two...

And now really pissed off.

Does "road rash" usually have teeth marks?


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2021-06-07 1:49:18 AM  
Were his last comments "I'm off to crack open a bear"?

/did the bear insult TF2 players?
 
2021-06-07 2:05:04 AM  
Lordy.  I hope the bear is alright.
 
2021-06-07 2:15:08 AM  

OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?


He's great: free motorcycle.
 
2021-06-07 2:18:44 AM  

ImpendingCynic: OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?

He's great: free motorcycle.


Dammit.  That's what I should have said to accompany my gif.
 
2021-06-07 2:23:57 AM  
A lot of bears on the news lately. I was waiting to read if the bear dragged the rider off into the woods. Reverse road-kill.
 
2021-06-07 2:29:55 AM  
Thomas Kovalik, of Plymouth, was driving a 1995 Harley-Davidson...

Good thing they put in that detail.
 
2021-06-07 2:41:10 AM  
Had to swerve hard on the way to work tonight when a possum who was having the time of their fuzzy life did not want to get off the road.

I've never hit anything on a motorcycle and am not looking forward to the experience.
 
2021-06-07 3:18:32 AM  
Was he wearing a helmet?
 
2021-06-07 3:19:53 AM  
The human, not the bear.
 
2021-06-07 3:22:06 AM  

omg bbq: Had to swerve hard on the way to work tonight when a possum who was having the time of their fuzzy life did not want to get off the road.

I've never hit anything on a motorcycle and am not looking forward to the experience.


Funny you mention that. I hit a very confused possum once. It just kept changing directions. It was either him or I'd possiblity wreck.

The real horror of the story is that the possum, while dying, wasn't actually dead yet. So I turned around again and gave myself some space to approach and ran over his head. I couldn't just leave him there to slowly die.

That was 20 years ago and I still feel horrible about it. Possums are like squileres- they get 90% across the road and decide to change direction and run right into my front tire.

Am sorry, bro, but it was you who ran into me
 
2021-06-07 3:33:11 AM  
Animals do an astonishing amount of damage to modern vehicles.

Moose, for instance, are just the right height and shape to go right through the windshield of a sedan because their spindly legs get snapped off by the hood.

Armadillos have a strange habit of noodling around in the middle of the roadway and then leaping straight up in the air to just about radiator height.

And I once got a bat caught in my car's grille because it was diving for a moth attracted to my headlights. It wedged itself in tight--I had to crack its little skull to scrape it back out again.
 
2021-06-07 4:05:10 AM  

BafflerMeal: Early morning motorcycle riding in Utah I almost hit a full grown elk in the road. It was so big I could not see over the top of it from my seat. Thankfully I think we both scared the shiat out of each other and avoided the collision by about a meter.


It's cool that Utah has gone metric.
 
2021-06-07 4:21:36 AM  
It could be worse...
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2021-06-07 4:58:05 AM  

Sub Human: The sign said "bear left"


The Muppet Movie: Bear Left, Right Frog
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2021-06-07 6:07:26 AM  

kyleaugustus: OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?

That they know he struck a bear, I'm guessing it was still at the scene.


Probably depends on if the bear had insurance or not or was waiting for its lawyer.
 
2021-06-07 6:19:55 AM  
John West Commercial: Man Fights Bear for Fish
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2021-06-07 6:51:04 AM  

BafflerMeal: ...Utah...
...meter...


Engineer by any chance?
 
2021-06-07 7:09:44 AM  
Book 'em Lou. One Count of being a bear and one Count of being an accessory to being a bear.
 
2021-06-07 7:23:03 AM  

2wolves: Was he wearing a helmet?


Relevant question since Connecticut does not require motorcycle helmets for adults. 

My wife and I saw what can happen...a bike and its helmetless rider laid out on a long hill on Route 4 between Torrington and Cornwall. That and a streak of blood on the road about a hundred feet long.

We rolled up just as the first responders were covering the body.
 
2021-06-07 7:43:10 AM  

Gulper Eel: 2wolves: Was he wearing a helmet?

Relevant question since Connecticut does not require motorcycle helmets for adults. 

My wife and I saw what can happen...a bike and its helmetless rider laid out on a long hill on Route 4 between Torrington and Cornwall. That and a streak of blood on the road about a hundred feet long.

We rolled up just as the first responders were covering the body.


Yes, I'd probably need a joint if I saw that.

/rolled up
 
2021-06-07 7:45:43 AM  
Was he tender-hearted?
 
2021-06-07 7:47:32 AM  

Redh8t: OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?

More than likely.
They're just a mass of muscle this time of year. Probably some bruising, maybe a cracked rib or two...


Them bears was wall-to-wall.
They even had a bear in the air.
 
2021-06-07 7:59:48 AM  
I don't get it, what kind of scam was he trying to pull off by doing this?
 
2021-06-07 8:14:19 AM  

Redh8t: OdradekRex: Is the Bear OK?

More than likely.
They're just a mass of muscle this time of year. Probably some bruising, maybe a cracked rib or two...


maybe walking around with a sore head
 
2021-06-07 8:16:44 AM  
Provincetown is going to wild this summer
 
2021-06-07 8:45:59 AM  

BigKaboom: A lot of bears on the news lately. I was waiting to read if the bear dragged the rider off into the woods. Reverse road-kill.


Bear Week's next month...
 
2021-06-07 8:48:42 AM  
I'm starting to worry that Fark is going to give Connecticut its own tag.  Way too many stories here lately.
 
2021-06-07 8:51:16 AM  

dickfreckle: omg bbq: Had to swerve hard on the way to work tonight when a possum who was having the time of their fuzzy life did not want to get off the road.

I've never hit anything on a motorcycle and am not looking forward to the experience.

Funny you mention that. I hit a very confused possum once. It just kept changing directions. It was either him or I'd possiblity wreck.

The real horror of the story is that the possum, while dying, wasn't actually dead yet. So I turned around again and gave myself some space to approach and ran over his head. I couldn't just leave him there to slowly die.

That was 20 years ago and I still feel horrible about it. Possums are like squileres- they get 90% across the road and decide to change direction and run right into my front tire.

Am sorry, bro, but it was you who ran into me


I hit a bird.  Rather, the bird hit me.

It pretty much exploded on my chest and hurt for weeks, I suspect it bruised or cracked a rib. At the least the bird didn't feel much, if any, pain.
 
2021-06-07 8:52:41 AM  

dickfreckle: omg bbq: Had to swerve hard on the way to work tonight when a possum who was having the time of their fuzzy life did not want to get off the road.

I've never hit anything on a motorcycle and am not looking forward to the experience.

Funny you mention that. I hit a very confused possum once. It just kept changing directions. It was either him or I'd possiblity wreck.

The real horror of the story is that the possum, while dying, wasn't actually dead yet. So I turned around again and gave myself some space to approach and ran over his head. I couldn't just leave him there to slowly die.

That was 20 years ago and I still feel horrible about it. Possums are like squileres- they get 90% across the road and decide to change direction and run right into my front tire.

Am sorry, bro, but it was you who ran into me


My story: it was Winter.  The raccoon was eating another roadkill raccoon, & the greedy thing wouldn't get out of the road.

Do I put the truck in the ditch... at night during winter?  Or do I drive straight & hopefully the raccoon takes a break from eating his brother & gets out of the way.  Crunch.

The careful crows ate well that week.
 
2021-06-07 8:59:48 AM  

Spawn_of_Cthulhu: I'm starting to worry that Fark is going to give Connecticut its own tag.  Way too many stories here lately.


Yeah, no kidding. Certainly parts of our fair state deserve it, but I don't think we're at that level yet.

I used to drive that stretch of road when visiting my grandparents and in-laws. There's no streetlights, and there's like no freaking traffic at that time of night. A black bear in the middle of the road would be invisible at speed, and given that Rte 222 (depending on which chunk you're on) is pretty straight, you can open the throttle plenty.

Hope the bear's alright. Don't want to make assumptions about the driver, though, given we know more about his bike than his state at the time.
 
2021-06-07 9:52:03 AM  
You know what's really crazy? This guy is my neighbor. Lives 100ft away from me. I didn't know him personally, but damn, too close.
 
2021-06-07 9:55:44 AM  

Spawn_of_Cthulhu: I'm starting to worry that Fark is going to give Connecticut its own tag.  Way too many stories here lately.


I was just thinking the same. I usually turn to the wife and say "Hey, CT made Fark again!"
 
2021-06-07 10:32:09 AM  

dickfreckle: omg bbq: Had to swerve hard on the way to work tonight when a possum who was having the time of their fuzzy life did not want to get off the road.

I've never hit anything on a motorcycle and am not looking forward to the experience.

Funny you mention that. I hit a very confused possum once. It just kept changing directions. It was either him or I'd possiblity wreck.

The real horror of the story is that the possum, while dying, wasn't actually dead yet. So I turned around again and gave myself some space to approach and ran over his head. I couldn't just leave him there to slowly die.

That was 20 years ago and I still feel horrible about it. Possums are like squileres- they get 90% across the road and decide to change direction and run right into my front tire.

Am sorry, bro, but it was you who ran into me


I was cresting a hill one evening in my old Subaru and there was a mamma dear in the road with her two kids standing perpendicular to my direction of travel.
I hit her doing about 55, I remember I just got done hiking and wanted to make sure I was not speeding home because there were lots of deer out in this part of Oregon 😐.  The power transfer from my car to her belly/rib cage was about as perfect as two random objects colliding can be and the hood even crumpled down in a little scoop to pick her up and absolutely launch this poor deer.
For perspective I hit this deer doing fifty-something. I then had to brake and come to a stop and the deer STILL landed in front of my vehicle. I remember getting out and walking down the road to get to her.  It was like driving a golf ball or something.
She was very much still alive and not having a good time of it.  I did not have a gun. Not even a knife. Though I would most likely had a hard time killing her with a knife. I've never killed a deer before and don't want my first time to be with my hands.
I sat on an embankment for a couple hours until the tow truck arrived and shared a good forty five minutes standing about 10-20 meters away from the baby deer who were on the same embankment making little beeping noises at their dead mom.
if you ever want to really feel like shiat, have the babies of some poor animal you killed start crying over her corpse for the better part of an hour and having nowhere to go but to just sit there and take it all in.  Impact point hardly any debris, dead car with the contents of the radiator under it, dead mamma deer with most of her contents under her, and then her kids saying whatever the god damn deer equivalent of "mom wake up" over and over.
Good times.
 
2021-06-07 2:47:45 PM  

Gulper Eel: 2wolves: Was he wearing a helmet?

Relevant question since Connecticut does not require motorcycle helmets for adults. 

My wife and I saw what can happen...a bike and its helmetless rider laid out on a long hill on Route 4 between Torrington and Cornwall. That and a streak of blood on the road about a hundred feet long.

We rolled up just as the first responders were covering the body.


Oh, what a shame. If he'd only been wearing a helmet, the doctors could have saved his brain for a transplant patient.
 
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