Sheriff's officials say this bear was struck by a car Sunday morning in La Canada Flintridge.

Sheriff's officials say this bear was struck by a car Sunday morning in La Canada Flintridge. (KTLA-TV)

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (KTLA) -- The California Department of Fish and Game said the driver who hit a young bear in La Cañada Flintridge on Sunday is not to blame for the accident.

The brown bear was euthanized after it was struck by the car and suffered broken legs, damage to its hips, and internal bleeding, according to Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan.

"There’s no reasonable way to heal or cure or repair that much damage to an animal," said Hughan.

The bear, estimated to be about two years old, was euthanized sometime after 4 p.m. on Sunday.

"It was determined that the animal was mortally wounded from the vehicle collision, and to end the animal's suffering it was euthanized and taken to Angeles National Forest," Hughan said.

The driver who struck the bear was unhurt, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

"Imagine driving down the road at 7 o’clock in the morning , you haven’t had your coffee yet and a bear comes out in the road. It’s very much a panic situation,” Hughan said. “I don’t think anybody’s blaming the motorist. It’s just bad luck for the bear," said Hughan

The accident happened around 7 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Crown Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.

When deputies arrived, they couldn't find the 150- to 200-pound animal, but dispatchers received another call reporting a bear sighting about six hours later.

The caller, a woman, reported seeing the bear limping under a tree near a Starbucks coffee shop near the intersection of Foothill and Gould Avenue, officials said.

As a precaution, deputies shut down eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway at Gould Avenue about 3 p.m. to make sure the bear did not flee back in front of cars, Gonzalez said