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California tour guide and her 1-year-old daughter killed after their car slammed into bear

By Tanya Clark 11:26 AM November 27, 2017
Sarah Rohde and Arianna Harris

A tour guide and her young daughter died after the mother’s vehicle slammed into a wild bear that was roaming on the highway, according to police in California.

The California Highway Patrol said that on Thursday, at around 6:00 p.m., 27-year-old Sarah Rohde was driving along Highway 4 when her Subaru Impreza slammed into a black bear.

Rohde and her 1-year-old daughter, Arianna, died at the scene.

The woman’s 4-year-old son, who was also in the car, suffered only minor injuries.

He was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Police confirmed that drugs or alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

The bear also died at the scene.

A family friend wrote about the tragedy on GoFundMe: “While returning home from a family Thanksgiving dinner, Sarah Rohde, 27, and her two young children were involved in a horrific and fatal collision with a bear.

“Tragically, Sarah and her 18-month-old daughter Arianna Harris lost their lives, leaving behind her surviving 4-year-old son Jullian Harris and her loving fiance Dajon Harris. This is a devastating and sudden loss for this whole community and family who is overwhelmed with grief and shock at this time.”

Rohde worked as an extreme tour guide at Mercer Caverns.