Grand County officers respond to snowmobile accidents
Winter must be here because the reports of snowmobile accidents are starting to show up in the weekly Grand County Sheriff’s Office’s incident reports.
One of the first accidents for the season was reported on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, when Deputy Terry Faulkner was dispatched to Trailblazers Snowmobile Rentals on County Road 50 on the report of an injury accident.
Upon arriving, Deputy Faulkner spoke with Trailblazer owner/operator Greg Foley who explained that during their first guided trail ride of the season, a guest had lost control of his rental snowmobile, crashed and been injured.
The guest, Philip Tijerina of Denver, had sustained injuries to his shoulder and ribs.
His girlfriend Laura Cantu had been a passenger on the snowmobile but apparently escaped injury. By the time Deputy Faulkner arrived at Trailblazers, both Tijerina and Cantu had left in a private vehicle to seek medical attention for Tijerina.
The rental snowmobile also suffered damage in the crash totaling $2,660, which Tijerina paid the next day.
Another accident involving a rental snowmobile occurred on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 10. In the initial dispatch call, injuries were being reported.
Deputy Jim Ellison was first dispatched to the accident scene three miles from the Idleglenn parking area on County Road 491. However, before arriving there, the Sheriff’s dispatcher came back on the radio to report there were no injuries and the damaged snowmobile was already being towed back to On the Trail Rentals in Grand Lake.
Arriving at the snowmobile rental company, Deputy Ellison spoke with the woman who had been driving the damaged snowmobile. She and a friend had ridden about four miles when she was unable to negotiate a turn while driving at about 35 mph. Her rental snowmobile had gone off the trail and hit a tree.
The woman said her only injuries were a painful wrist and hand, but she refused medical attention. The snowmobile suffered an estimated $3,500 in damage.
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