Pedestrian hit by car Friday night remains in Denver hospital
February 8, 2010
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs Police Department could not release the name Sunday of the 51-year-old man struck by a car Friday evening because they have yet to contact his family, Detective Nick Bosick said.
Bosick said Saturday that the man has been a Steamboat Springs resident at different times and had returned to the area. The man was struck after 6 p.m. while crossing U.S. Highway 40 at Walton Creek Road.
There were no new updates to the man's condition Sunday, Bosick said. On Saturday, the man was in stable but serious condition at Denver Health Medical Center, where he was air lifted after receiving treatment Friday night for injuries that were thought to be life threatening at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
The driver, 68-year-old Steamboat resident Nancy Gerdean Graves, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular assault.
Graves was traveling west on U.S. 40 at less than the 45 miles per hour speed limit, Bosick said Saturday. The man was walking in the eastern crosswalk, heading from Walton Creek Road toward Weiss Drive. Bosick said Saturday that Graves had a green light at the time, and he didn't think the man had a signal telling him it was safe to cross.
Bosick said Saturday he thought Graves braked but not quickly enough, nor did she swerve to miss him. The man landed close to the western sidewalk, about 83 feet away from the point of impact, Bosick said.
Colorado Revised Statutes prohibit pedestrians from walking into a roadway at a crosswalk when not permitted to do so by a crosswalk signal. However, the statute states that "every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian."
Bosick said Graves' blood alcohol content was taken at the scene but not yet available Sunday. He said it could take as long as a month to get results. On Saturday, Bosick said he suspected the woman's blood alcohol content would be higher than the 0.08 legal limit.
He couldn't say Sunday if the man had been drinking. After contacting the family, Bosick said, he'll be able to request medical records to determine that.
Graves still was held at Routt County Jail as of Sunday afternoon.
Police responded to the call at 6:16 p.m. Colorado State Patrol and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue also responded. Emergency responders were on scene within a minute of the first call, Bosick said Saturday.
Reporter Margaret Hair contributed to this story.