Man hit by car in serious condition

Police: Steamboat woman remains jailed after Friday night incident

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— 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.

Comments

sledneck 4 years, 10 months ago

DUI changes everything. Otherwise, I think she should be collecting damages from him.

I don't understand pedestrians' OR bikers' comfort with multi-ton, fast moving objects. Why anyone would turn their back on 50-70 mph traffic is a mystery to me. Bikers and pedestrians need to dwell a moment on the part of the report that said he was knocked 83 feet! WOW, pace off 83 feet, turn around and imagine Paul Bunyan hitting you that far with a tree trunk!
Who "had the right" don't mean squat when your dead.

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dave reynolds 4 years, 10 months ago

I recieved a DUI 12 years ago..one thing I was taught in drivers ed was that the pedestrian ALWAYS has the right of way weather crossing against the light or not..seems here in Steamboat its everybody for themselves and God forbid if you have to make me slow down..Monday i was traveling North on 131 and signaled to turn left onto the road to Deerwood Ranch(rcr 35 A)...I just happened to look into my left hand mirror and some idiot was passing me on the left hand side traveling about 70 mph if I had not not been paying attention I would probably be in Denver or dead..it is appauling to me how intitled the drivers here in Routt County feel they are..I am by no means perfect..but at least I respect others and yield the right of way..I agree sledneck some do push the enevelope

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Amy Harris 4 years, 10 months ago

Basic questions here: Why would someone walk across a state highway against the light, into oncoming traffic, IN THE DARK? Why did the pedestrian not see the headlights coming toward him? Was the pedestrian impaired? I bet that most drivers, whether impaired or not, wouldn't have seen that pedestrian in time to avoid hitting him.

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