Aspen man, ‘softball guru’ killed trying to cross Colorado 82 at Brush Creek |

Aspen man, ‘softball guru’ killed trying to cross Colorado 82 at Brush Creek

Longtime Aspen resident Scott “Froggy” Whitlock was killed early Friday trying to cross Colorado 82 near the Intercept Lot, law enforcement officials said.

Whitlock, 60, was hit by a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck while trying to run across the westbound lanes at about 2:45 a.m., Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said. The driver of the truck, a 35-year-old man from Snowmass Village, had a green light at the stoplight at the Brush Creek intersection, Lewis said. The driver was not ticketed.

Lewis said “alcohol is being considered a factor” but would not indicate if that referred to the driver or the victim.

Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy Alex Bruschetta said deputies were the first to respond and performed CPR. The Sheriff’s Office turned the scene over to state patrol, and Whitlock was declared dead at the scene, Lewis said.

Whitlock was a longtime umpire in the Aspen recreational leagues and was a bartender at the Eagles Club in Aspen.

The Eagles Club emailed a statement: “The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aspen Aerie No. 184, regrets to inform the Aspen community of the passing of our loving brother Scott Whitlock aka ‘Froggy.’ A celebration of his life and memorial will be announced shortly. He will be sorely missed.”

He started helping in the softball leagues in 1995 and became the “self-appointed softball guru of the Roaring Fork Valley,” according to a 2005 feature story in The Aspen Times.

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