Motorcyclist killed in crash that closed I-70 on Saturday
A 51-year-old-man from Glenwood Springs was killed Saturday when he crashed his motorcycle 2 miles east of the Eagle exit on Interstate 70 eastbound.
The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. and shut down eastbound traffic on I-70 for 2 hours while an ambulance and law enforcement authorities responded.
“No other vehicles are believed to be involved in the crash, and as a result of that crash, the motorcyclist died at the scene,” said Trooper Jacob Best with the Colorado State Patrol.
Best said the man was not wearing a helmet.
Motorcycle fatalities account for around 17 percent of the total motor vehicle fatalities in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation 2021 Problem Identification Statewide Report.
“There were 103 motorcyclist fatalities in 2019; 52% of the motorcyclists who died were not wearing helmets,” the report said. “In 2019, most motorcyclist fatalities were male (91 of 103 riders). The 35-54 age group had the most motorcyclist fatalities and the largest percentage (70%) of unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities in 2019.”