Pitkin County manager crashes bike into deer
September 29, 2011
ASPEN – Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock made a trip to the Aspen Valley Hospital emergency room Wednesday morning after crashing into a deer while he was riding his bike to work.
Peacock, who frequently commutes to work on his bike from his home in Snowmass Village, was coming down the steep, curvy section of Owl Creek Road near the airport when the deer appeared in the road.
“This deer just popped out of nowhere,” he said. “It was like this thing just materialized.
“It was a young deer. I know I hit it.”
He estimated he was traveling 35 to 40 mph when the collision occurred.
Men in a truck stopped to help a dazed Peacock, who came off his road bike. They told Peacock the deer circled about, possibly dazed as well, then ran off. The next motorist to happen upon the scene was Peacock’s wife, Molly, who took him to the hospital.
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Peacock, who came into the office to work for a short time after the hospital visit, headed home early rather than attend the county commissioners’ Wednesday meeting. He said he was suffering from a concussion, cuts and abrasions, and a possible torn rotator cuff. He believes he dislocated his shoulder, but it went back into place.
His right arm was in a sling, and his left hand was wrapped in a bandage.
Peacock was unsure about the condition of his bicycle. The men in the truck apparently picked it up; Peacock said he doesn’t recall seeing it after the crash.
“I don’t even know their names,” he said. “Folks were great. They stopped. They helped.”
Peacock was wearing a helmet. It’s now cracked and sporting a series of dents across the top.
“Thank God I was wearing a helmet,” he said. “If I hadn’t had that on, God knows. I probably slid on it 15 or 20 feet.”