Aspen local ‘Froggy’ Whitlock killed crossing Highway 82
A longtime Aspen local, Scott “Froggy” Whitlock, was killed early Friday morning trying to cross Highway 82 near the Intercept Lot, law enforcement officials said Friday.
Whitlock, 60, was hit by a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck while trying to run across the westbound lanes at about 2:45 a.m. Friday, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said. The driver of the truck, a 35-year-old man from Snowmass Village, had a green light at the stoplight at the Brush Creek intersection, Lewis said. The driver was not ticketed.
Lewis said “alcohol is being considered a factor” but would not indicate if it was for the driver or the victim.
Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy Alex Burchetta said deputies were the first to respond and performed CPR. The Sheriff’s Office turned the scene over to the state patrol, and Whitlock was declared dead at the scene, Lewis said.
Whitlock was a longtime player and then umpire in the Aspen recreational leagues and was a bartender at the Eagles Club post in Aspen.
Friends gathered at the club Friday night to honor his memory.
“He was one of those treasures in Aspen, and we have a lot of them. He was so well-loved,” said his longtime Aspen friend Chuck Barr. “He could relate to everyone and had friends in their 20s up to their 90s.”
Whitlock got his “Froggy” nickname in college when he was a French major at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and took many trips to France. Whitlock was fluent in French and Spanish and was working on his Italian, Barr said.
The Eagles Club emailed a statement: “The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aspen Aerie No. 184, regrets to inform the Aspen community of the passing of our loving brother Scott Whitlock aka ‘Froggy.’ … He will be sorely missed.”
He started helping in the softball leagues in 1995 and became the “self-appointed softball guru of the Roaring Fork Valley,” according to a 2005 feature story in The Aspen Times.
Barr said Whitlock played softball up until about 10 years ago when he began to have knee troubles and became an umpire moreso than a player.
A memorial service is being planned for July 15 at the city’s Iselin baseball field.
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