Former Minturn mayor hurt in crash
MINTURN, Colorado – Former Minturn Mayor and longtime resident Darell Wegert was badly injured in an auto accident Sunday near Dowd Junction.Scott Wirth, a co-worker of Wegert’s at Ace Hardware in Vail, said Wegert suffered a broken femur, a concussion, collapsed nasal passages, a broken vertebra and other injuries in the accident. He has already had two surgeries at Denver Health Medical Center and will need at least two more, Wirth said.Deputy Phillip Florio of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said the accident occurred just before noon Sunday on U.S. Highway 6 & 24 just in front of the U.S. Forest Service office in Minturn. The driver of a Chevrolet Suburban had signalled for a right turn and suddenly veered left into Wegert’s Triumph Spitfire, a vintage English sports car. The left front of the Suburban caught the right front of Wegert’s car.Florio said the driver of the Suburban was ticketed for careless driving causing injury. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash, but the accident remains under investigation.Wegert and his wife, Valerie, live in Minturn. He has served on the Minturn Town Council and is currently a member of the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District Board of Directors. He also is a board member of the Swift Eagle Foundation.