[ By Kendra Walker ]
Last week, an electric motorcycle incident claimed the life of a young man with local ties and resulted in another local man on life-support.
On the night of Tuesday, August 9, 21-year-old Levi Parr was driving an electric motorcycle when he collided with 63-year-old local Michael Castillo, who was walking his dog on Escalante Street in Crested Butte South. Parr was in town from Texas, visiting local family.
According to the Mt. Crested Butte Police Department, officers responded to CB South at approximately 11:30 p.m. for a report of an electric motorcycle accident with two critically injured parties. Due to the extent of injuries, first responders called two care flight units to meet EMS in Gunnison. Castillo was air lifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and Parr was air lifted to Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs.
According to an updated press release from the Mt. Crested Butte Police Department issued this week, Parr was pronounced brain dead on August 11, at 2:59 p.m. and “The official cardiac time of death for Levi Parr is August 14, 2022, at 11:11 a.m.,” the report read. Gunnison County coroner Michael Barnes said Parr was held on life support to accommodate vital organ transplants which then took place. Barnes said the cause of Parr’s death was a head injury.
As of August 16, Castillo is currently on life-support at St. Mary’s. The case is still under investigation.
Update: At approximately 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, Michael Castillo was removed from life support. He was pronounced dead at approximately 1:30 a.m. on August 18, 2022. The incident remains under investigation.