HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach resident Jonathan Wilson got quite the scare last week while driving on Highway 501 in Carolina Forest.
He hit and killed a bear cub with his Kia Optima.
"I thought I hit a car – I was just, I was real panicky, cause the airbag – my airbag – didn't go off," Wilson said. "Not the driver, but the passenger airbag went out. So it was just a lot of chaos that was going through my mind. I initially thought someone was going to run into the back of me."
Wilson was on his way from Marion County to Myrtle Beach around 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday night. He said at first he didn't realize what he hit.
"I thought it was a tire that ran across from the other side of 501," he said.
But it wasn't a tire. It was a bear cub.
"I was so shocked by it," Wilson said.
According to an official with the Department of Natural Resources, this is the time of year this time of year when bears are very active, and they see the most bear sightings. Also, the Carolina Forest area is known to have bears around there.
Going forward, Wilson says there's probably not much he could've done to avoid this incident, but he says he'll try to be more aware of his surroundings while driving at night.