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."

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110 Comments

Journalism accuracy

Having been in the newspaper for several stories, each time (Without exception) i am surprised as to how inacurate the reported information is, even when it has been handed directly to the journalist.
I have no doubt in my mind that in no way was this an accident...the boys were climbing, doing 12-16mph. The guy pretty much signaled his intentions by 'beeping the horn incessantly'. If the rider had been a pedestrian crossing the road this wold have been a whole different story...but , the pedestrian has the right of way so you say....well so does a rider on the road, riding on the shoulder, out in front....just exactly as a motorist does.

Single File

As someone who rides Deer Creek at least every other week - what part of Single File do most riders not understand. I have had to go over to the other side of the road to get around a group of riders. I wasn't at the scene and, like most of us, don't have 100% of the story, but riding abreast is a sure way to get yourself hit by a car. Ride single file.

Consider:

A group of riders strung out single file - rather than in a bunch - will take longer to pass.

Yes, there is a sign indicating cyclists should ride single file, but this is not a legal requirement. While counterintuitive for some motorists, taking the lane is usually safer. Unfortunately this can be perceived as arrogance.

Exactly

Taking the lane ensures that you are seen, and there is no ambiguity for the motorist about whether or not they can squeeze by

(Some) car drivers assume the only reason cyclists wouldn't be hugging the right shoulder is that they're arrogant or trying to make a point. I don't know how to convince non cyclists that taking the lane is not about arrogance but rather self preservation without provoking them.

However I know how NOT to explain it: Losing my temper and shouting/gesturing/etc. I'm really impressed with how this group kept their cool and didn't start reacting while everyone waited for the cops to show up.

Get your story straight guys,

Get your story straight guys, its not helping anything. And the picture provides evidence contrary to the story line. Lying about events to make they seem greater degrades the credibility of the cycling community.

And talking about beating someone up is not the solution and I dare say those who proclaim they would, don't have the balls to actually do it. New story: skinny guy in spandex with cycling shoes on gets ass kicked old GOP guy in mini pickup!

Share the road. If someone honks, wave and move the F over. I have been hit, dealt with court, police, judges, medical issues, disability, etc. Not worth it folks. Car vs Bike = car wins everytime!

Look again...no way that bike was under the car

If you look at the picture, the rear wheel is taco'ed. We can rightly agree that he was hit from behind. But since the bike is still in tact, front wheel attached, no visible roadrash, no torn clothing, no blood and the helmet appears to be not broken....there is no way he was dragged under the truck or the bike in the wheel well.

This might be an unpopular view but the pictures never lie.

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