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Pitkin County Manager crashes bike into a deer

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

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 bikes to and from work 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.

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.”


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