Winter Road Conditions as of 3pm 12/4/13
Rim Rock Drive is closed from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic, due to hazardous driving conditions from heavy snow and ice. The east and west hills are OPEN, expect slick conditions. Information Hotline: 970-858-3617, ext 402
Bicyclist Loses Control On Rim Rock Drive
On Saturday afternoon, August 22, Stanley Dodson, age 65, of Madison, Wisconsin, lost control of his bike while riding down the east hill of Rim Rock Drive, approximately 1 mile from the monument's east entrance station.
Two bicyclists riding up the hill observed Mr. Dodson traveling downhill at about 25 mph before he lost control and impacted the pavement. The bicyclists called 911 and a Grand Junction Fire Department ambulance and a National Park Service ranger immediately responded to the accident scene.
Mr. Dodson was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. On Sunday afternoon, August 23, Mr. Dodson passed away.
The staff of Colorado National Monument extends their heartfelt condolences to Mr. Dodson’s family. This marks the first time a serious bicycling accident has resulted in a bicyclist fatality in the history of the monument.
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