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Motorist ticketed after accident with tandem bike

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – An Aspen man was ticketed for careless driving Friday after he struck a tandem bicycle in Basalt, police said.

John Howard Wilke, 83, was pulling into the western entrance of the 7-Eleven convenience store when he clipped the rear wheel of a tandem bicycle that had crossed the 7-Eleven Bridge and was approaching the intersection of Cottonwood and Two Rivers roads, Basalt Police Sgt. Penny Paxton said. The accident occurred at about 11:45 a.m.

“It snapped the back wheel and they went flying,” Paxton said.

A woman was on the back of the bicycle, which was guided by her husband. The couple are from Broomfield, Paxton said.

It was initially suspected the woman had a broken leg. She was taken by ambulance to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Paxton said she learned Friday afternoon the victim didn’t suffer a major injury.

Paxton said Wilke was very cooperative and apologetic. He said he didn’t see the bicycle when he started turning.

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