Cyclist hit on Deer Creek Canyon this morning

From a friend on Facebook... a developing story!

"Today's ride was anything but fun. Around 9:00AM our morning group ride was heading up S. Deer Creek Canyon Rd when a motorist pulled up behind us and began to honk his horn incessantly. Then he sped up and rammed into one the cyclists smashing his bicycle and dragging him under the car. The man got out of his car, started swearing to no one in particular and then took the bicycle and threw it off the road. Notice the man's face as he doesn't have a care in the world. Not once did he apologize or seem to show any remorse."

Updates below

  • Rider was Bryon Nix USAC results & ACA results 2011 Colorado Masters Road Champion (and a whole lot more)
  • Driver did stay on the scene and the state patrol showed up.
  • Riders condition is not serious BUT more tests are to be done
  • Denver Post has picked up the story.
  • The Driver is apparently the grandson of a former USA President
  • This will be on 9News tonight, here is their version
  • Denver 7 News picked this up as well



Byron Nix on the ground after the incident

Statement from Thecyclist-lawyer.com

"This accident had the potential to be very, very bad -even life threatening, the way Byron's bike was sucked up into the front wheel of the truck -we are so grateful it wasn't worse than it was. We are also very grateful to the first responders for their prompt action in getting him to the ER, and to the Colorado State Patrol for responding to the scene and investigating and appropriately citing the driver. I'd also like to commend the cyclists on scene for their self restraint. I'm sure it wasn't easy to remain calm and collected with the driver standing there, but Byron's teammates did the right thing by taking photographs of everything and by remaining calm. Inciting an altercation would not have helped Byron or his case and would only have served to further increase tensions among residents/motorists in Deer Creek Canyon and cyclists who ride there."

Tips for Cyclists

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- Colorado Bike Accident Cards
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110 Comments

Byron Nox.

That driver needs to do time in jail - NO EXCUSE for that AT ALL. Bikes, cars, motorcycles - we all use it and need to have respect for everyone who does. That guy who was driving is NOT welcome up there!

Carter

Michael has to be KING of DC. Spotted too many times to count. Drivers, heed this escalation of the boiling point. We are done with the "shaving" intimidation! Some cyclists could also use situatoinal awareness, sad to say.

He'll get off with just a ticket and fine

If he was just cited for "careless driving", as per the Denver Post, he'll just have to pay a fine. Having just been struck by a pickup a couple of weeks ago (not intentionally) and breaking my shoulder, the driver in my accident was cited for "careless driving with bodily injury". That necessitates a court appearance.

Hope that Bryon contacts the Cyclist-Lawyer, Megan Hottman. A lawsuit will make this guy take some responsibility.

He may get off with just a ticket and fine

If he was just cited for "careless driving", as per the Denver Post, he'll just have to pay a fine. Having just been struck by a pickup a couple of weeks ago (not intentionally) and breaking my shoulder, the driver in my accident was cited for "careless driving with bodily injury". That necessitates a court appearance.

Hope that Bryon contacts the Cyclist-Lawyer, Megan Hottman. A lawsuit will make this guy take some responsibility.

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