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Rocky Mountain Taco rallies community to support local injured in motorcycle accident

'This dude just has a heart of gold'

Eric Harlan was seriously injured Aug. 23 in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 70 near EagleVail. The local taco truck and other businesses are rallying to help.
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On Thursday, the Rocky Mountain Taco Truck in EagleVail is donating 100% of the money it gets through the window to local Eric Harlan, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 70 on Aug. 23. Local businesses are also donating to an all-day silent auction, and live music will take place around 6 p.m.

“The dude just has a heart of gold and we just want to see a smile on his face and back out into the world again,” said Dan Purtell, co-owner of Rocky Mountain Taco and childhood friend of Harlan.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help support Harlan, raising over $17,500 in three days.

“This is going to be extremely expensive for him and anything you all can contribute would be greatly appreciated,” the page says. “Thank you and please keep Eric in your prayers.”

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Harlan was airlifted to Denver Health from I-70 in EagleVail on Aug. 23 in critical condition, the GoFundMe page says. Purtell said he has a shattered arm, hand and pelvis, suffered bleeding in the brain as well as a stroke coming out of surgery.

“He’s banged up,” he said. “He’s got a long, long, long road to recovery. Mentally, he’s doing OK, as good as can be expected. Luckily, he’s an optimist.”

Purtell said the outpour from other local businesses, including its neighbors Vail Brewing Co. and Native Roots, has been amazing to see.

“It’s one of those things that just makes us proud to live here,” he said. “All kinds of people are coming out of the woodworks.”

Donated auction items include a one-of-a-kind Rocky Mountain Taco skateboard; gift certificates from vin48, Transition Sports, Avon Liquors and more; as well as gear from Native Roots, High Country Healing and Rocky Mountain Taco; hair cuts; dog sitting sessions; and more coming in as of Wednesday. Participants can sign up for auction items throughout the day, and winners don’t have to be present to win.

To support Harlan, visit the Eric Harlan GoFundMe page and turn out on Thursday for the “world’s most best tacos.” There might be a long line, but it’s all for a good cause.

The Rocky Mountain Taco truck is located in EagleVail next to Vail Brewing Co. and Native Roots. The company also has a location in Avon.
Ross Leonhart | rleonhart@vaildaily.com

Assistant editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.


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