Cause of death in bike accident undetermined

No sign of a hit-and-run

[  By Mark Reaman  ]

There has been no official determination for the cause of death for a local man who died July 14 after an in-town bike accident on Whiterock Avenue. Gunnison County coroner Michael Barnes said an autopsy was ordered for Teddy Evans but results are still pending and it could be a couple of weeks before results are released. “The pathologist is still examining the tissue and looking at every possibility,” he said. “As of now, there is no determination for the cause of death,” he said.

According to the Crested Butte marshals office, it looks like the incident was a single bike accident and no other vehicle appears to have been involved.

Evans had been uptown and was apparently heading home on Whiterock Avenue on his townie about 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Emergency services personnel received the call of the accident and responded to the scene at Fourth and Whiterock where they discovered Evans in the street with obvious head trauma.

Medical personnel responded immediately and according to Rob Weisbaum of the Crested Butte Fire Protection District, “On arrival, law enforcement was on scene and began treatment. Shortly after, our crews arrived and recognized the patient was critical. Careflight was launched to Buckhorn while our crews provided critical care treatment until their arrival.” He was flown to St. Mary’s by helicopter.

“No one seems to have witnessed the crash so we can’t rule anything out but the bike is showing no sign of being struck by a vehicle,” said Crested Butte chief marshal Mike Reily. “If anyone saw what happened please call us at 349-5231.”

Marshals also said there was no sign that the flower boxes located on Whiterock played a role in the accident.

Reily said the accident is still under investigation and condolences go out to the family and friends of Teddy.

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