Motorcyclist killed in crash that closed I-70 on Saturday |

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.

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“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.”

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