Steamboat man dies after bicycle crash on Trafalgar Drive
July 18, 2017
A 64-year-old Steamboat Springs man died Monday night in a Denver hospital after he was seriously injured in a bicycle crash Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Trafalgar Drive and Pamela Lane.
Police Commander Annette Dopplick said the man crashed his bicycle at 12:44 p.m. on Trafalgar Drive, just a few feet from where the Yampa River Core Trail meets the side of the road near the Mountain View Car Wash.
Police suspect the man lost control of the bicycle while he was heading toward the Core Trail on Trafalgar from U.S. Highway 40.
"It appears he went over the handlebars," Dopplick said. "Then, a passerby called 911 for an injured cyclist."
Dopplic said the man was not wearing a helmet.
Police do not think anyone else was involved in the crash.
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Witnesses who heard the crash immediately came to the man’s aid.
The man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, then airlifted to a Denver hospital due to the severity of his injuries.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said the man’s name is being withheld, because his family members were still being notified Tuesday afternoon.
"We're not exactly sure what happened," Ryg said. "Witnesses said he went down hard. The accident was not seen by anybody, but somebody heard the noise of it and ran over there right away."
Ryg said he should be able to release the name of the man who died on Wednesday.