Mountain biker dies in fall

A man riding a mountain bike near De Beque died Friday from injuries suffered in a fall, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s office.

Steven D. Chesley, 62, of Rifle, was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering a blunt-force neck injury during a fall, which happened in mountains southwest of De Beque, the coroner’s office said.

Chesley, an accomplished mountain biker, hit the top of his head on the ground with significant force, a news release said. He was wearing a helmet.

The coroner’s office said the death was ruled an accident. Chesley was riding with a friend at the time of the crash.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Lisa McCammon said deputies were notified of the accident about 5:30 p.m.


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