Cyclist Falls to His Death From Bridge During Weekend Bike Race

September 10, 2012 Updated Sep 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM EDT

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Cyclist Falls to His Death From Bridge During Weekend Bike Race

September 10, 2012 Updated Sep 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM EDT

A tragic accident during a bike race in Wyoming over the weekend.

According to a news release from the Teton County (Wyo.) Sheriff's Office, a 42-year-old Arizona man died Saturday after crashing during a bike race and falling 35 feet from a bridge into the Snake River.

According to the news release from the Teton County Sheriff's Office:

Preliminary investigation shows that a bicyclist, who was participating in an annual bicycle race from Logan, Utah to Jackson, Wyoming, was traveling north on Highway 89.  He was crossing a bridge over the Snake River when he came upon a hazard in the roadway; at this time, the hazard is believed to be a pothole.  He swerved to miss the hazard, overcorrected, lost control of the bicycle and crashed into the guardrail. Upon crashing into the guardrail he was catapulted over the guardrail and fell approximately 35 feet into the river.  The depth of the river was estimated to be 12 to 15 inches where the cyclist landed.

 Other race members and passersby stopped to render aid until medical personnel arrived.  The victim of the crash was later pronounced dead at St. John's Hospital in Jackson.  Preliminarily, Coroner Kiley Campbell believes the victim suffered a possible cervical fracture. 

 

Read the entire news release from the Teton County Sheriff's Office HERE.