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Local attorney recovering from wreck

Matt Zalaznick

The 53-year-old Eagle-Vail resident, who is spearheading development of the sprawling Village at Avon complex in east Avon, was critically injured when he crashed his motorcycle on Interstate 70 in Wolcott the night of June 9.

“He was in a situation where he was teetering on surviving or not surviving,” says Shane Bohart, Post’s friend and co-worker at Traer Creek, the development company building the Village at Avon. “Now it not only appears he will survive but he’ll regain the mental ability he had prior to the accident. That’s what we’re all aspiring to and that’s the indication we’re getting.”

Post had been in a coma in the intensive care unit of a Denver hospital. He has emerged from the coma and has been moved to a hospital in Craig for rehabilitation, Bohart said.

“I saw him recently and he was fully cognizant and aware of what I was saying. He was smiling, laughing and waving,” Bohart says. “Now he’s communicating with people and its appears his cognitive abilities have returned, which is tremendous news.”

Post, whom friends describe as a motorcycle enthusiast who’s very bright, funny and vibrant, will still have to undergo extensive rehabilitation, Bohart said.

After a decade in planning, work began in late May on the 1,800-acre Village at Avon shopping and residential complex, which comprises 650,000 square feet of commercial space south of Interstate 70 and approximately 2,400 luxury and affordable homes, many north of I-70. The entire complex will be built over the next 20 years.

Post has been the most public face of Traer Creek, appearing at countless Avon Town Council meeting, seeking the various approvals required for the Village and settling concerns with residents who live in neighborhoods near the construction site.

Residents of Eaglebend Drive had been worried Village traffic swamping their neighborhood. In an effort to calm their fears, Post last fall agreed to build a cul-de-sac at the interchange of Eaglebend Drive and Nottingham Ranch Road, the latter of which will become a busy four-lane road that will be named Post Boulevard in honor of the lawyer. Post Boulevard will link I-70 and Highway 6. The cul-de-sac will block visitors to the Village at Avon from turning down Eaglebend Drive.

Avon’s assistant town manager, Larry Brooks, says he’s developed a strong friendship with Post over the last decade while the Village at Avon was being planned and the developer was seeking permits from the town.

“We’d like to get a call tomorrow saying he’s rebuilding his Harley and he’s going to take a ride next week,” Brooks says. “But we know we’ve got to be patient and good news is good news. We’ll take what we can get.”

Bohart says Post has received a massive amount of support from friends and the community.

“There’s been an avalanche of support,” Bohart says. “The amount of people who know Bill and who are interested in his in well-being is quite unbelievable.”

It’s been Post’s grit and love for life that has help him win his battle, Bohart says.

“It’ll be a slow process,” Bohart says. “But it’s been his desire for life and inherent strong will that has helped pull him through this.”

Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 606, or via e-mail at mzalaznick@vaildaily.com.

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