Man hospitalized after car wreck on Highway 9 |

Man hospitalized after car wreck on Highway 9

SILVERTHORNE – Summit County Ambulance Service paramedics took a 44-year-old man to the hospital after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident and then rolled his car down a steep embankment north of Silverthorne Thursday morning.

According to Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Cpl. Joe Hurt, the man was driving southbound on Highway 9 when he rammed a backhoe at about 40 mph. He then drove up Rock Creek Road, purportedly to check the damage to his car, when his car began to tumble down an embankment.

It rolled once or twice and came to rest in the grass and rocks 150 feet below the road. The vehicle, a Toyota RAV4, was totaled. The majority of damage was from the collision with the backhoe.

CSP officials don’t plan to cite the man because they believe the incident might be related to a mental or physical impairment. They don’t believe he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“It wouldn’t fly in court,” Hurt said. “We’d have to be able to show he did it intentionally.”

The accident occurred near the highway-widening project, Hurt said. Last week, a head-on collision was reported there.

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