Driver cited after collision with bicyclist near Gateway

A Boulder woman who was hit by a truck while riding her bicycle near Gateway on Sunday was listed in serious condition Monday at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Jenny A. Daubendiek, 29, was riding north on Colorado Highway 141 about 30 miles south of the intersection with U.S. Highway 50 just after 2 p.m. when the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup, also northbound, attempted to pass her.

The truck’s driver, 73-year-old Vernon F. Brock, of Grand Junction, encountered oncoming southbound traffic as he was passing Daubendiek and steered the truck back into the northbound lane.

The front right corner of Brock’s vehicle struck the rear of Daubendiek’s bicycle, and Daubendiek was thrown about 50 feet onto the shoulder. She was taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Brock received a summons that alleged careless driving causing bodily injury, the State Patrol said.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid said Daubendiek was riding a few feet from but as close as possible to the white line along the side of the highway, which is in poor condition in that area.

Around the same time Sunday, a motorcyclist was killed after crashing his bike northeast of Paonia.

Dillon Ray Jett, 23, of Glenwood Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jett was riding his bike in front of another motorcyclist, Richard Newman, 28, of Rifle, who crashed his motorcycle behind Jett on Colorado Highway 133.

Newman was taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital and was listed in good condition Monday.

Both motorcyclists were wearing helmets, Reid said.

In 2009, 86 motorcyclists died in crashes in the state, the State Patrol said.


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