Motorcyclist dies after hitting bear on Marion County road

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — A motorcyclist died Friday morning after he collided with a bear on a road in Marion County, state troopers said.

The crash happened just after 11 p.m. at the intersection of State Road 40 and State Road 19 near the Ocala National Forest.

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Investigators said the man hit the bear in the westbound lane and flew off his motorcycle.

He later died at the hospital.

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Troopers said the man was not wearing a helmet.

Investigators said the bear also died following the crash.

No other details were available.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.