Teen rebounding from crash
Avid cyclist, skier listed in 'good' condition at Denver hospital
July 3, 2007
A promising Steamboat Springs cyclist and skier is in good condition at a Denver hospital after colliding with a truck Friday while biking on Routt County Road 129.
Officials at Denver Health Medical Center listed 16-year-old Katherine Ingalls in “good” condition Monday. Her father, Bart Ingalls, said Katherine was in surgery, but no internal or head injuries occurred and doctors are confident about a full recovery for the teenager.
“Everything looks good – we’re real optimistic,” Bart Ingalls said.
The accident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. Friday while Katherine and her mother, Jeanne Ingalls, were bicycling south on Routt County Road 129 near mile marker 8. Katherine was struck by a 1988 Kenworth semitrailer driven by Louis Herbst, 51, of Rawlins, Wyo., after her bicycle left the gravel shoulder of the road and entered the southbound lane of traffic.
Katherine’s injuries included a broken femur and broken pelvis.
Katherine was flown to Denver Health because of the injuries, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Doug Kline said. Katherine was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, he added.
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Officers at the accident scene Friday said it appeared Herbst had moved to the northbound lane to give Katherine and her mother extra room as he passed.
Neither Herbst nor the girl will be cited for the accident, Kline said.
“It does not appear anyone was at fault. It was just one of those wrong place, wrong time types of an accident,” Kline said.
Katherine won regional and national competitions in skiing and cycling this year.
She won two national titles in cross-country skiing at the March Junior Olympics in Utah. She won the J2 5K Classic and was part of the winning 3K 3-by-3 relay team.
On June 24, she won the junior expert women’s division of the Shimano Wildflower Cross-Country, a mountain bike race at the Yeti Cycles Wildflower Rush event in Crested Butte. The event is part of the Mountain States Cup and Rocky Mountain Regional Championship Series, in which Katherine currently is the No. 1-ranked junior expert woman’s rider.
Last week, Katherine finished second at the Howelsen Hill Summer Sizzler Cross-Country race, part of the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge bicycle series.
Bart Ingalls said Monday his daughter is rebounding mentally as well as physically.
“She’s in good spirits,” he said. “She has a great attitude.”
Bart Ingalls added Katherine is grateful for all the support she has received from friends and relatives.