A Hooksett man attempting to avoid a dead black bear in the middle of I-89 died after an early morning crash in Hopkinton on Oct. 9.
Jesse Amador, 24, of Hooksett, was driving on the highway at around 5:30 a.m. just before Exit 5, when he reportedly maneuvered to miss the bear and swerved off the highway and into trees along the interstate. The New Hampshire State Police reported that they believe that the bear was previously struck by a pickup truck.
Amador, who was driving a Subaru, reportedly swerved into the right lane, down an embankment, striking trees before stopping.
“Troopers on scene broke through the vehicle's front windshield to access the (unconscious) operator who was not (seat-belted) and they performed CPR until the Hopkinton Fire Department arrived on scene,” according to Sgt. Gregory Ferry of the state police.
Amador later died of his injuries.
State police are looking for help with the investigation. Call Trooper Irwin Malilay of State Police Troop D at 271-1162 or 223-8496.