Thursday, October 20, 2005
A 52-year-old Steamboat Springs woman is in critical condition at a Denver hospital because of injuries she sustained in a bicycling accident Sunday.
Kathy Matzdorf reportedly was riding a mountain bike with her 15-year-old son at about 12:15 p.m. on Routt County Road 18 when she swerved to miss a rock in the road and flew over her handlebars, hitting the paved road face-first, Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor said.
Taylor could not release the extent of Matzdorf's injuries but said she suffered severe facial trauma.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jeff Vrbas investigated the accident Sunday afternoon after Matzdorf was taken from the scene. The State Patrol usually doesn't investigate bicycle accidents but did so this case because of the extent of Matzdorf's injuries.
Vrbas said he did not think speed played a role in the accident. Matzdorf was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, he said. Vrbas said he was able to determine where Matzdorf hit her head and where her body came to rest about 10 to 12 feet away.
Steamboat Springs Fire Depart--ment Chief Bob Struble said the call was reported as a bicycle versus motor vehicle accident, but no cars were involved.
Taylor said Matzdorf's son ran to a nearby intersection and got a cell phone to call 911. Several people stopped to help.
Matzdorf was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance and then flown to Denver Health Medical Center in critical condition. Matzdorf was listed in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit Thursday.
Matzdorf and her husband, Fred, are owners of the Double Z Bar & BBQ restaurant in Steamboat.