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Teen Hit on Bicycle in Berthoud Still in Critical Condition; Van Driver’s Toxicology Report Pending

August 4, 2018

The 13-year-old bicyclist struck by a camper van Wednesday in Berthoud remains in critical but stable condition, according to Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jered Kramer.

“Given the extent and seriousness of his injuries, it’s a miracle that they were able to stabilize him,” Kramer said Friday morning. “Hopefully ‘that part’ is over; they can focus on healing.”

Family members have not yet officially identified the teen, though they have posted Facebook comments regarding his status.

“Update On Bubba: Not Much Has Changed We Just Need Prayers Right Now, So Please Keep Them Coming,” Jessica Meeks, who said she is the boy’s sister, says on a Reporter-Herald Facebook post.

The driver of the 2007 Chevrolet camper van, a Longmont man, performed a toxicology test shortly after the collision; any charges against the driver await the completion of that report. The female passenger of the van, also from Longmont, will not receive any charges.

Kramer said the Sheriff’s Office investigation of the crash has indicated that if the driver of the van was sober, he was not at fault.

The deputies responded around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to the crash at northbound U.S. 287 and Berthoud Parkway, also known as County Road 17. Colorado State Patrol, Berthoud Fire Protection Authority and Thompson Valley EMS also responded to the scene, and CDOT crews assisted in the road closures.

Both northbound lanes of U.S. 287 — headed eastward at the intersection with Berthoud Parkway — were closed for nearly 4 ½ hours as LCSO Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling (CRASH) teams performed scans of the roadway Wednesday afternoon; the scene cleared a little before 5 p.m.

Hans Peter: hpeter@prairiemountainmedia.com

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