Lonesome cub causes car crash

A little black bear caused a whole lot of commotion at about noon on Wednesday.

David Jasiniski, a resident of Lakeview Drive, was in his home when two of his three children — Leilani Sheetz, 9, and Anthony Sheetz, 16 — excitedly informed him there was a bear in their front yard. Their concern was for their two cats, which were in the front yard with the bear.

When Jasiniski saw the bear, he said it looked like it was “just hanging out, looking for something to do.”

Leilani and Anthony wanted their father to go save the cats.

“They came and got me,” Jasiniski said. “I waited until the bear went deep into the woods, then I went outside to get the cats.”

When he was pushed to ponder whether it was mama bear, papa bear or baby bear, he wasn’t quite sure.

“To me, any size bear is a good-sized bear,” he said.

After his cats were safe, Jasiniski called the authorities to let them know there was a bear in his neck of the woods.

The bear wasn’t finished causing a scene just quite yet.

About 15 minutes later, what Jasiniski suspects was the same bear ran across Island Lake Road, right at a deep curve.

Joel Osborne, who was driving a gray 1984 Honda Prelude with California license plates, was driving in that exact spot at that exact time. Osborne, 18, had moved from Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday evening.

Osborne saw the bear dart in front of his car and recognized it as a cub. Concerned for the cub’s safety and fearing the wrath of its mother he was sure was close by somewhere, Osborne swerved to miss the baby bear and succeeded.

“I saw the black bear, and I slowed down to pass it — I was going the speed limit. It was a baby bear and I was expecting the momma bear to come out of the bushes,” Osborne said.

He swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic, which was occupied by a red 2001 Honda CRV, driven by a 16-year-old Central Kitsap girl. Her twin sister rode in the passenger seat.

The two cars collided head-on. No one was injured.

As the Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics arrived on the scene, Osborne was telling each person: “Watch out. There’s a bear in the woods,” his arm outstretched, finger pointing toward the woods.

While deputies sorted out the details of the accident and the twins called their parents and fretted over the fate of their mother’s Honda, Osborne continued to warn everyone.

The bear went back into hiding and hasn’t been seen since.

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