Bicyclist in critical condition after crash |

Bicyclist in critical condition after crash

Naomi Havlen

An Aspen man suffered massive head and internal injuries in a bicycle accident on Castle Creek Road Wednesday evening.Richard Timmer, 40, was in critical condition last night at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. He was riding his bike southbound on the road when he went off the left shoulder and collided with a pine tree, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Timmer, who was riding alone, was found by a passing motorist who spotted him near the base of the tree. The tree was nearly 30 feet from the side of the road.A state patrol trooper said Timmer was not wearing a helmet. Deputy Mario Strobl of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said the accident occurred eight miles up Castle Creek Road, or about a mile and a half past Little Annie Road.Trooper Justin Mitchell said it is not known whether a car was involved in the accident.”There are no skid marks, no tire marks and no other witnesses to place a car on the scene with him,” he said.The crash occurred between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Timmer was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital and then airlifted to Grand Junction.

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