My family and group of friends gather each year to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend together. This year was no different though it was our first stay in Salida. As a group, we were hiking up Ute Pass Trail on CR 176 Thursday morning. Upon descent, at approximately 11:30 AM, an individual on a road/cross bike with a computer-handle bar attachment hit my husband from behind. He was lifted off his feet and thrown forward. The bicyclist also wrecked and appeared to have injured his hand/elbow. Our friends rushed to my husband’s assistance and twice asked the cyclist if he was okay. He appeared to be more interested in his own injuries and the damage to his computer. He subsequently rode off never once offering assistance nor leaving his name.
A trip to the nearby hospital yielded a very compassionate and efficient medical staff that diagnosed a femoral fracture in need of surgery. A Colorado State Patrolman was also dispatched to the hospital. He too, was professional and thorough in his attempts to gather accident information. Doctors notified Mercy Medical Center, in our hometown Durango, who were advised of my husband’s injuries and coordinated the care upon his arrival. My daughter and I spent the next 3 1/2 hours transporting my husband back to Durango. Needless to say, the drive was extremely painful for my husband. Early Friday morning, he underwent total hip replacement surgery.
My family and friends wanted to extend our heart-felt gratitude for all those who coordinated their efforts in making this heart-wrenching situation as palatable as possible. I would like to believe this cyclist was not a Salida resident and, if so, does not represent the character of this pristine Colorado town. However, I do want this person to know the impact of his actions.
Gloria, Dave and Sarah and friends