Man run down on Edwards highway |

Man run down on Edwards highway

Matt Zalaznick

John Lewis, 32, of Edwards, said he was walking alongside Highway 6 near FirstBank shortly before midnight when a truck driving west swerved toward him, ran him over and then drove off.

“A pickup truck came from the Access Road and I was walking along the side,” said Lewis, who was still recovering from his injuries at the Vail Valley Medical Center Wednesday. “He didn’t see me, he didn’t see me, then he saw me and swerved over at me. He ended up just running me over.”

Lewis said he bounced off the windshield, so the truck probably has a cracked windshield, a broken passenger side headlight and could be missing its rear-view mirror. He said the truck was a small, white Ford pickup.

“The vehicle didn’t stay on the scene,” said State Trooper Don Brown, the investigating officer. “It probably has damage to the right,front headlight and maybe the windshield.”

Brown said police know of no other witnesses to the accident, but they are continuing to search for the truck.

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After being hit, Lewis crawled about 50 feet to a nearby trailer. The residents called 911 and Lewis was rushed to the hospital, where he was treated in the Intensive Care Unit.

“I crawled to a friend of mine’s house,” said Lewis, who suffered broken ribs and injuries to his legs and spine.

An Eagle County sheriff’s deputy first discovered the apparent hit-and-run when he found a backpack lying amongst shattered glass in the roadway. The deputy contacted a dispatcher, who told him a man had been hit by a car and was already on the way to the hospital.

Lewis is a construction worker who has lived in the area for 12 years.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Colorado State Patrol at (970) 824-6501.

Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555 ext. 606 or via e-mail at

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