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A motorcycle accident claimed the life of a motorcyclist, 51, today, when a black bear ran out in front of his motorcycle causing him to lose control on a Marion County road, according to Florida Highway patrol.

He was pronounced dead at Waterman Hospital following the crash, which occurred just after 9:00 p.m. on county Road 42 near Southeast 284 Terrace. His wife, riding another motorcycle behind him, was not injured.

The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, according to a report by FHP. Animal officials are unsure if the bear was injured.

For more information on motorcycle accidents, please refer to our Help Center where you will find several helpful articles on motorcycle safety and more.

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