Cyclist dies from massive head trauma
July 29, 2008
A passing motorist on Brown’s Canyon Road found 59-year-old JoAnn Krajeski lying unconscious near her bicycle Saturday at about 3 p.m.
The Peoa woman’s feet were still attached to her pedals, said Josh Wall, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
"It’s one of the steeper areas of the canyon where you could carry some pretty good speed," Wall said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "She didn’t realize she was wrecking."
Krajeski appeared to be riding downhill on her road bike toward Peoa, about a mile from State Road 32, Wall said.
She had sustained massive head trauma and was airlifted from South Summit to Salt Lake City, he added.
But the bike probably could have been ridden at the scene, Wall said, adding that both tires were inflated.
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"She was wearing a helmet and there was damage to the helmet," Wall said. "The damage to the bicycle was pretty minimal."
Officers do not believe a vehicle was involved in the crash.
"We don’t have any indication that this is the case," Wall said. "We don’t have a lot of leads to follow up on."
Medical examiners determined foul play was likely not involved in the crash, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said.
"The head trauma is consistent with a bike accident," Edmunds said. "Everything looks to be not suspicious at this point. It’s looking more and more like it was just a horrific, tragic accident."
Krajeski was reportedly an avid bicyclist who rode all over the world.
"The initial question was what caused this person to wreck?" Wall said.
The driver who discovered Krajeski tried to render her aid, Wall said, adding that no skid marks were found at the scene.
"Brown’s Canyon is a busy road and it’s a narrow road," he said.