Police: USA Pro Challenge crash caused by spectators
August 22, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs police think two spectators who had their backs to the race caused the crash that took down several USA Pro Challenge cyclists Wednesday.
Capt. Jerry Stabile said at first it was unclear what happened because no police witnessed the crash and video footage captured by other spectators did not clearly show what happened. Stabile said they now have a good idea what happened as the peloton sped toward the finish line in downtown Steamboat.
Stabile said an elderly woman in her 90s along with another person were using a camera to take a picture of themselves with the cyclists in the background as they rode by. They likely did not know how fast the cyclists were riding and were unable to move out of the way, Stabile said.
Stabile was told one of the cyclists went to Yampa Valley Medical Center. The woman went to the hospital on her own and suffered a broken ankle.
Police learned more details about the incident after they were called Thursday to go to the woman’s home to pick up a pair of glasses that had mistakenly been given to the woman after the crash.
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