NBA agent Dan Fegan killed when his SUV was hit by bus on Highway 82 near Aspen
Wreck happened Sunday morning near Smith Hill Way going down valley
Dan Fegan, a longtime sports agent who represented some of the NBA’s biggest stars, was killed Sunday morning near Aspen when the SUV he was driving was hit by a bus on Highway 82, sources confirmed Sunday.
Fegan, 56, who at one time was arguably one of the most well-respected agents in the NBA, had a very public split last March with the Independent Sports & Entertainment agency he worked for. The two sides were involved in a lawsuit after he was fired.
In 2016 Forbes magazine listed him as one of the top agents in the country and his clients included Dwight Howard, John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Nene and Ricky Rubio.
Fegan was killed when the SUV he was driving was hit by a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus along Highway 82, the Colorado State Patrol said.
Two other passengers in the SUV, a 29-year-old woman from California and Fegan’s 5-year-old son, were airlifted to a hospital in Denver with serious injuries, according to Colorado State Trooper Gabe Easton. The name of the woman has not been released.
There was one passenger on the Glenwood Springs-bound bus, Easton said. Although they were “shaken up,” the bus driver and passenger were not injured, RFTA CEO Dan Blankenship said.
The vehicles collided around 9:22 a.m. as the SUV attempted to merge on the highway from Smith Way road at about mile marker 34, according to Blankenship. The intersection is just downvalley from RFTA’s Brush Creek Intercept Lot.
“The bus didn’t have time to avoid the collision, so it broadsided the other vehicle and knocked it into the median,” Blankenship said.
The highway was closed and traffic was diverted. The road reopened just after 11:30 a.m., according to Pitkin County alerts.
The first people at the incident included a firefighter from Crested Butte and a park ranger, according to officials on the scene.
This is not the first fatal crash that involved a RFTA bus, according to Blankenship, but he didn’t immediately know the number.
“These are very traumatic events for everyone in the RFTA organization and for the people that were involved that were in the other vehicle. Our hearts go out to them and they are in our thoughts and prayers,” Blankenship said. “We just hope for the best for everyone involved. We feel badly that this happened.”
The intersection, where Highway 82 meets Smith Way and Juniper Hills Road, is located about a mile west of the Brush Creek interchange.
After Highway 82 was widened to four lanes in 1998, there was an sharp increase in accidents at the Smith Way intersection. There have been studies done and the intersection has seen changes and improvements in 2003 and again in 2009.
On Dec. 31, 2002, four people from Illinois were killed when the driver of a rental car tried to cross the downvalley lanes of Highway 82 from Smith Way and the car was hit broadside by a Range Rover. Three people in the car died at the scene and a fourth died later at Aspen Valley Hospital. No alcohol or drugs were involved, and the driver of the Range Rover had minor injuries.