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Injured bicyclist flown to Denver

Alexis DeLaCruz

— A 16-year-old bicyclist has been flown to a Denver hospital because of a crushed pelvis and a broken leg she sustained when she was struck by a semitrailer riding down Routt County Road 129 on Friday.

“The prognosis was pretty good yesterday, and she had feeling in both of her legs,” Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brett Hilling said.

The girl was first taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center but was later flown to Denver Health Medical Center “due to her injuries,” Colorado State Patrol Trooper Doug Kline said in a press release. The girl was wearing a helmet, he said.

The accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. as the girl and her mother, Steamboat Springs resident Jeanne Ingalls, were riding south on C.R. 129 near mile marker 8. The girl was struck by a 1988 Kenworth semitrailer driven by Louis Herbst, 51, of Rawlins, Wyo., after the girl’s bicycle left the gravel shoulder of the road and entered the southbound lane of traffic where Herbst was driving.

Kline said it appears Herbst already was partially in the northbound lane of the road when the accident occurred.

Officers at the scene of the accident Friday said it appeared Herbst had moved to the northbound lane to give the girl and her mother extra room as he passed.

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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,” he said.