Teenage driver charged in Frisco bicyclist death
SUMMIT COUNTY – Following an investigation of the accident scene, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has charged a teenager in the death of a bicyclist along Highway 9 north of Silverthorne last month.CSP Capt. Ron Prater said the 17-year-old Kremmling resident was charged with first-class misdemeanor careless driving resulting in death. The charge carries possible penalties of 10 days to one year in jail, and a possible fine of between $100 and $1,000.The teenager was driving south on Highway 9 from Kremmling the afternoon of May 2, when the driver allegedly drifted off the road onto the shoulder, hitting a cyclist.Jeffrey Ferber, 59, a New Yorker who had moved to Frisco five years earlier, was pronounced dead at the scene. An avid cyclist, Copper Mountain ski instructor and semi-retired accountant, Ferber died of traumatic head injuries despite wearing a helmet. Ferber was reportedly stopped on the shoulder near mile 106, waiting for a fellow biker to catch up, when the accident occurred.Prater said investigators believe the teenager was looking at the car’s clock to check the time and drifted off the road.”This was simply a case of inattentive driving,” Prater said Thursday. “When you’re driving down the road, you can’t forget that you have the lives of everyone around you in your hands.”In a sad twist, Ferber’s death occurred as the State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies around the state were set to embark on a week-long, stepped-up enforcement campaign aimed at reducing traffic fatalities over the Memorial Day weekend. Dubbed “Zero Week,” local police departments and sheriff’s offices joined state troopers in saturation patrols on the lookout for speeders, seat belt scofflaws and drivers with improperly restrained children.In Summit County, officers from the Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne and Breckenridge police departments and Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined troopers on Interstate 70 and Highway 9 north of Silverthorne. Prater said the patrols put extra emphasis on Highway 9 following Ferber’s death.Prater said the patrols issued 300 speeding tickets, cited more than 50 aggressive drivers, logged 150 seat belt violations and 15 child restraint infractions. Nineteen accidents occurred during “Zero Week,” only one of which was alcohol-related. Summit County saw no traffic fatalities that week, even with wintry weather that left areas slick with ice.Reid Williams can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.
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