Updated February 6, 2010 at 10:47 p.m.
Steamboat Springs A pedestrian who was hit by a car at about 6 p.m. Friday at U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road in Steamboat Springs was alive, stabilized and in serious condition at a Denver hospital as of Saturday afternoon, according to the most recent information available from a Steamboat Springs Police Department detective.
A 51-year-old Steamboat Springs man was crossing U.S. 40 when a westbound 2010 Subaru struck him, Detective Nick Bosick said.
The man initially was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with internal and external injuries constituting “full body trauma,” Bosick said. The man was then flown to Denver Health, Bosick said. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Bosick said his most recent update from Denver Health was that the man had been stabilized and was in serious condition. Bosick said Saturday that he thought the man’s injuries to be life-threatening in the hours after the incident.
Bosick said the man is a Steamboat Springs resident who “has come and gone many times, and he just happened to be back for a couple of months.” Bosick was not able to give the man’s name Saturday afternoon because he had not been able to reach the man’s family, he said. The man does not have any family members in the area, Bosick said.
Police received the call at 6:16 p.m. The driver, 68-year-old Steamboat Springs resident Nancy Gerdean Graves, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular assault. Both charges were recorded as felonies in records at the Routt County Jail as of Saturday afternoon. Police, Colorado State Patrol and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded. Emergency responders were on scene within a minute of the first call, Bosick said.
Graves was traveling below the 45 miles per hour speed limit, Bosick said. The pedestrian was crossing in the eastern crosswalk, heading from Walton Creek Road toward Weiss Drive, Bosick said. Graves had a green light at the time, he said. Bosick said he thinks the pedestrian “would not have had a safe-to-cross signal” at the time of the crash. Bosick said he thinks Graves made some attempt to stop.
“She did hit her brakes, but … she didn’t hit them fast enough to keep from hitting him, and she did not swerve to miss him,” Bosick said. The man landed close to the western crosswalk, “approximately 83 feet away from where the impact occurred,” Bosick said.
Police did a chemical test on Graves’ blood and did not have a blood alcohol content figure available Saturday. Bosick said he thinks Graves’ BAC will come back above the 0.08 legal limit to drive. If that happens, the DUI charge will be amended to DUI per se, a charge given when the BAC is 0.08 or above, Bosick said.
“Her performance on the roadside maneuvers were consistent with someone who was above the legal limit,” Bosick said. Graves was headed from her home to festivities in downtown Steamboat Springs at the time of the crash, Bosick said.
Graves was booked at the Routt County Jail as of Saturday afternoon. Bosick said Graves will not be eligible to leave jail on bail until she has been advised by a judge, which is likely to happen Monday.