Man hit by car remains in critical condition |

Man hit by car remains in critical condition

Veronica Whitney

VAIL – The Vail man hit by a car on the North Frontage Road Tuesday night is still in critical condition in a hospital in Denver, Vail Police said Wednesday.Police declined to release the identity of the 23-year-old man who was seriously injured Tuesday evening when he was hit by a car in front of the Timber Ridge apartments, where he lives.”He went to surgery last night,” Vail Police Sgt. Craig Bettis said Wednesday. “He’s stable but critical. We’ll be holding information because it’s part of the investigation.”The man was first taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center after the accident, but had to be transported to a Denver hospital Tuesday night.The accident happened at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday when the man and two others crossed Interstate 70 after seeing a movie in Cascade Village, Bettis said. The man was either crossing the North Frontage Road near Timber Ridge or walking alongside it and had wandered in front of car, Bettis said. A small car traveling eastbound struck him, and he ended up on the side of the road.”The case is still under criminal investigation,” Bettis said. There have been no arrests, he added.Crossing problemPeople crossing the interstate or the North Frontage Road has been an ongoing problem in the past years, Bettis said.”There’s no place to cross safely on the Interstate,” Bettis said. “The pedestrian bridge in Lionshead was put there for that reason and bus routes are there to accommodate people. But those who miss a bus sometimes cross the highway to catch the bus somewhere else.”Even when they tried to put in higher fences, people would cut the fence and cross,” he added. “When we see someone doing it we take it pretty seriously and we give them summons for jaywalking.”Those crossing the interstate face a dangerous environment with poor light conditions, Bettis said.”There are areas on the frontage road designed for pedestrians and bikes,” he said. “The problem is when they come from the interstate.”Education and awareness might prevent future accidents, he added.Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or Vail, Colorado

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