State Troopers found Kovalik lying in the roadway after the crash, which happened at about 10:30 at night.
He was later pronounced dead at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, ctpost.com reported.
It remained unclear how the man came to strike the bear and whether speed or alcohol played a part. Also not clear is how the wild animal came to appear on the road and whether bears normally roam the area. It remained unclear if the bear survived the ‘incident.’