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Aspen’s Tarver shows signs of improvement

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Aspen businessman Charlie Tarver showed signs of improvement over the weekend, less than a week after suffering a closed head injury during a mountain biking accident.

Tarver, owner of the Hub of Aspen bike shop and a former mayoral candidate, is no longer comatose, said a spokesman for St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. The spokesman said he was not sure when Tarver regained consciousness, but he is still listed in serious condition in the hospital’s critical-care unit.

An employee at the Hub of Aspen added that, though Tarver is not yet able to speak, he is answering questions from doctors by using hand signals.

Tarver had been unconscious since last week’s accident, which occurred during the U.S. Speed Skiing National Championships at Snowmass Ski Area. The avid biker had been participating in a speed demonstration – his second appearance during such an event in the past four years. He was traveling over 90 mph when he crashed his bike, flipping over the handlebars and landing on his left side at the bottom of the speed course.

Tarver suffered a broken rib, a partially collapsed lung, a broken clavicle and brain hemorrhages that began to affect his brain stem.