Crash leaves store owner hospitalized |

Crash leaves store owner hospitalized

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

WOLCOTT ” A local business owner was hospitalized with several broken bones after he crashed his car on Interstate 70 Tuesday night, authorities said.

Howard Tuthill, owner of Columbine Market in Gypsum, may have fallen asleep while driving, said Trooper Kevin Hamill of the Colorado State Patrol. Tuthill crashed his Chevrolet Suburban near Wolcott about 7:30 p.m., Hamill said.

Tuthill woke up as his car went off the road, and the Suburban traveled down an embankment and smashed into a boulder at the bottom, Hamill said.

Tuthill was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, Hamill said.

Tuthill has several broken bones and is uncomfortable, but his long-term prognosis looks good, said wife Lisa Tuthill. Tuthill was wearing a seat belt, she said.

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Tuthill is being transported to a hospital in Grand Junction for further treatment Lisa Tuthill said.

“He’s very present mentally and sharp and looked optimistic,” friend Charlyn Canada said after visiting Tuthill.

Tuthill was grateful for the emergency services ” such as the Eagle River Fire Protection District, the Eagle County Ambulance District and the Colorado State Patrol ” that responded in a matter of minutes, she said.

Tuthill lost consciousness, but it’s unclear why.

“We don’t know if he fell asleep or blacked out,” Lisa Tuthill. “That’s our mystery and we need to figure out why that happened.”

Troopers closed an eastbound lane of Interstate 70 for two hours as Tuthill’s Suburban was removed, Hamill said.

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