A 60-year-old German man was killed Tuesday after a Jeep Liberty drove into his lane and hit his motorcycle head-on just west of the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Lincoln Avenue.
The crash occurred at about 1:45 p.m., and traffic was rerouted onto 13th Street for about 90 minutes while police investigated the crash.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Tuesday evening that he was withholding the name of the man who died because his family had not yet been notified.
Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Jerry Stabile said the Jeep was being driven west by Steamboat resident Scott Penfold, 57, when he swerved into the eastbound lane and hit two motorcycles, which then were dragged for about 30 feet. Penfold told police that the crash occurred because of a medical situation.
The man who died was on the motorcycle that went under the front of the Jeep. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters gave the man CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man driving the other motorcycle along with the driver of the Jeep went to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.
The other three motorcyclists traveling in the group were able to avoid the crash.
Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae said it is thought that all the motorcycle drivers were visiting the United States from Germany. They were riding on rented Harley-Davidsons with American and German flags displayed on the front.
Officers were using an interpreter over the phone to talk with the German men.
A Colorado State Patrol trooper who specializes in accident reconstruction investigated the crash. Once Lincoln Avenue was reopened, traffic was diverted along the crash until the investigation was done.
Stabile said Penfold was going to be tested to see if something besides a medical condition might have contributed to the crash. Penfold was upset after the crash but was being very cooperative with investigators, Stabile said.
Stabile said they are waiting for the crash investigation and test results before deciding to pursue charges against Penfold.
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