Steamboat Springs A North Carolina man struck a bear Friday while biking on Fish Creek Falls Road.
Police Officer Bill Stucker said Brian Grenier, 48, was riding down the road when a bear reportedly ran in front of him near Mauna Kea Lane.
"He couldn't have stopped, so he hit the bear," Stucker said.
Grenier was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, he said.
Grenier "was talking. He knew what was going on," Stucker said.
The bear quickly ran into a grove of trees, he said.
"The bear is fine," he added.
Several people who saw the accident stopped to help Grenier before emergency crews could arrive, he said.
This is the third bear-related incident this week. A car struck and killed a bear Thursday night on Rabbit Ears Pass. On Monday, Division of Wildlife officers trapped a mother bear and her cub that had been a nuisance on Robert E. Lee Lane. The mother bear was destroyed and the cub was sent to a rehabilitation facility.
Also on Friday afternoon, Steamboat Springs police and Fire Rescue responded to a four-car accident near U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road.
Police Officer Tom Munden said a mini-chain reaction accident resulted when a driver heading west on U.S. 40 slammed into the car that stopped in front of him.
"All the cars were stopped at a red light when the chain reaction began," he said.
Thomas Watts, who was driving the first car that was struck, was taken to the hospital because he was suffering from minor neck pain, Munden said.
No other injuries were reported.
Jon Entine, 55, whose vehicle struck Watts', was cited for careless driving, Munden said.
Entine "said his foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas," he said.