Young cyclist hit by car to undergo surgery |

Young cyclist hit by car to undergo surgery

Police and bystanders help an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a car Tuesday while riding her bike at Ninth and Oak streets. The girl was wearing a helmet and was taken to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center with injuries that were not life threatening. The driver was cited.
File photo/Matt Stensland

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct that there are stop signs at the intersection where the girl was hit.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The 11-year-old Steamboat Springs girl who was hit by a car Tuesday while riding her bike downtown will have to undergo surgery.

Sunny Winn was hit while riding her bike through a crosswalk at Ninth and Oak streets. Sunny’s mother, Courtney Diehl, said Sunny saw an orthopedic surgeon Wednesday, and surgery will be needed to repair three ankle fractures as well as a blown ligament.

Fortunately, Sunny did not suffer a head injury.

“The helmet is broke, but there is no concussion,” Diehl said.

Sunny was riding her bike home from a summer camp.

“We’ve ridden with her to and from the camp. She knows the way and understands safety on her bicycle,” Diehl wrote in an email to the Steamboat Pilot & Today. “She stops at all stop signs. She is one of the most careful children I know.”

There are stop signs at the intersection, and the crosswalk is well marked.

Diehl said that Sunny was struck by a westbound car going about 15 to 20 mph and that Sunny was thrown nearly six feet through the air before landing in the bike lane.

Diehl said she is thankful for the bystanders who helped Sunny after she was hit, including family friend Ross Riser, who is a firefighter in Oak Creek. Riser called Diehl and stayed at the hospital with Sunny until her mother arrived.

The 30-year-old Steamboat resident who hit Sunny was unlicensed and cited for careless driving causing injury and driving without a valid ID. Her name was not released.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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