Victim of hit-and-run stays positive, says he holds no ill feelings toward driver
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — On Friday night, Roger Carlson said goodbye to his friends at Casey’s Pond Senior Living before heading into the darkness to catch a bus that would take him back home to the Selby Apartments on Rollingstone Drive.
Because of the rain, the 83-year-old decided not to wait at a temporary stop near Chinook Lane and make the short walk up Walton Creek Road to a permanent bus shelter near Shadow Run. But as he made his way past the Walton Creek Condominiums, a dark colored SUV hit Carlson from behind, throwing him to the asphalt and causing injuries that sent him to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center.
“I do not remember a thing until I was sitting in the bed at the hospital talking to the policeman,” Carlson said. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘What am I doing here? I was rushing to catch the bus. I’m supposed to be home. I’m not supposed to be in the hospital.’”
Two days later, Steamboat Springs Police Department Chief Cory Christensen said officers continue to search for the driver of the vehicle, who fled the scene.
“The vehicle was coming down Owl Hoot Trail and turning left on Walton Creek,” Christensen said. “The investigation clearly shows that the vehicle struck the pedestrian, and that the pedestrian was not even in the roadway. The incident happened out of the lane of travel.”
A witness said Carlson was walking through a parking area that runs parallel to the road and described the vehicle as a dark SUV, which most likely has damage to the headlight area on the passenger side.
Christensen said Steamboat police are asking that anyone with information contact Detective Sam Silva at 970-879-1144. Anyone with information can also contact Crime Stoppers.
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“We have collected some surveillance video, but we don’t have any new leads,” Christensen said.
Carlson believes his fitness level helped him survive the crash and said he is focusing on healing. He was excited Monday afternoon when he learned that he will head to Casey’s Pond, a place he likes to call his second home, for rehabilitation.
“At 83, I have to be positive about my attitude,” Carlson said. “I don’t understand people who are negative at this age unless they have a health problem. Every day of my life is the best day of my life — even last Friday night — because the Lord was with me all the way.
“I really believe as a Christian that things happen for a reason, and that’s what I’m believing,” Carlson said. “Whoever the individual was who was driving that SUV, I believe that the Lord’s Prayer is right: ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’ I hold no ill against that person, and I just pray that they’re in the Lord’s hands.”
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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