Weapons found on man hit by vehicle
BASALT – A local resident was hospitalized Wednesday night after he was struck by a vehicle at a midvalley intersection, and was issued a summons for weapons charges as well.
Roger Earl McKean, 31, of Missouri Heights is due in Pitkin County Court on Dec. 15 to answer a misdemeanor charge for prohibited use of a weapon because he was allegedly carrying a loaded handgun while he was intoxicated. He also was cited for illegally carrying a concealed handgun, said Deputy Jesse Steindler.
Steindler discovered the weapons on McKean at Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries he sustained after he was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 82 and Basalt Avenue. The accident happened at approximately 6:40 p.m. Steindler said he did not know what type of vehicle hit McKean, or if the driver was injured.
Steindler said McKean looked to be in bad shape when the deputy arrived on the scene.
“He had intensive bleeding from his head, pretty bad injuries, and extensive enough, given the situation, that we were very concerned about him,” Steindler said. “And to make it worse, he was extremely intoxicated.”
McKean also was combative when officials tried to load him into an ambulance, according to Steindler.
“He was scared, he was hurt and it was dark and there was a lot of traffic,” the deputy said. “He was thrashing around. He certainly wasn’t in his right mind.”
It wasn’t until the ambulance was near Cozy Point, the approximate half-way section between the scene of the accident and Aspen Valley Hospital, that paramedics were able to administer an IV on McKean, Steindler said.
Colorado State Patrol also responded to the accident. The state patrol officer who handled the accident could not be reached Friday.
Steindler said he cited McKean for the weapons charges Friday.
“He was pretty remorseful this morning,” the deputy said. “Lord only knows what he was doing, where he was going, or how he was thinking of getting there.”
Citing health information privacy laws, a receptionist at Aspen Valley Hospital could not confirm Friday whether McKean remained under the facility’s care.
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