Accident kills cyclist north of Silverthorne |

Accident kills cyclist north of Silverthorne

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Colorado State Patrol Capt. Ron Prater walks away from troopers and Summit County Sheriff's Office staff holding up a sheet to shield the body of a cyclist killed along Highway 9 north of Silverthorne Friday.

SUMMIT COUNTY – A collision along Highway 9 north of Silverthorne left a cyclist dead Friday and the captain of the state patrol troop reminding bikers and drivers to “share the road.”

According to Colorado State Patrol Capt. Ron Prater, the unidentified biker was stopped on the shoulder of Highway 9 near mile 106. From information gathered at the scene, Prater said the biker was waiting for a companion to catch up.

The driver of a four-door Nissan coupe was southbound on Highway 9 when she drifted right, hitting the biker. Passers-by reported the accident to 911 operators about 3:30 p.m.

The collision shattered the driver’s side of the windshield and scraped up the hood of the car. The biker’s Trek road bike was mangled.

Prater would not immediately identify the driver, except to say she was 17.

Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson said she would attempt to notify the biker’s family before releasing his identity.

“The message here is that cars have to share the road with everybody,” Prater said. “The cause of this looks like inattentive driving.”

Another bicycle-car collision resulted in a broken neck for a biker Tuesday. A woman heading south on the rec path near Farmer’s Korner ran the stop sign at Dickey Drive, hitting a car turning off Highway 9. Troopers spent Thursday afternoon parked at the intersection, issuing warning tickets to bikers who failed to observe the stop sign.

State patrol troopers and other Summit County law enforcement officers will mount a massive enforcement campaign aimed at slowing down highway drivers beginning Tuesday. Troopers, along with police and sheriff’s deputies, plan to saturate Interstate 70 in the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend, hoping to slow down interstate speeders. Dubbed “Colorado Target Zero Week,” the state patrol’s goal is to see no highway fatalities during the three-day holiday weekend.

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