Effort to Avoid Bear Results in Crash, 13-Year-Old Dies

By: AP
By: AP
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Authorities say a girl has died after the vehicle she was in careened into a Boulder area creek following a collision blamed on a bear.

The Boulder County Sheriff's office says the girl was carried away by the current following the crash, which was reported at 4:46 p.m. Saturday in Boulder Canyon.

The Daily Camera reported that the girl was 13 and riding with her father and sister.

Sheriff's Cmdr. Steve Cullen says in the release that the Colorado State Patrol reported that the crash occurred as one vehicle stopped suddenly to avoid a bear that was running across the road and was rear ended by the victim's vehicle, which then plunged into the creek.

The girl was pulled from the water shortly after 6 p.m. and rushed to a hospital, but the sheriff's office says efforts to save her failed.

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