Another biker dies
July 12, 2006
An Argentine man died while mountain biking at Deer Valley Resort on Thursday, the second fatality of a mountain biker at the resort in a week.
According to Park City Police Department Lt. Phil Kirk, Julio Eynard was on Deer Valley’s Little Stick trail at about 3:30 p.m. when he fell ill. He was 59.
Kirk says Eynard was in Park City with his son for last week’s National Mountain Bike Series races. He says that Eynard was scheduled to compete in the races and was practicing when he was found sitting down on the trail by two Deer Valley bicycle patrollers.
Kirk says he did not complain of pain when the patrollers found him but he lost consciousness as they were talking. A medical crew took him to the Snow Park base where he was treated at a first-aid clinic, Kirk says. The crew was unable to revive him and he was declared dead at the scene, according to Kirk.
Eynard’s son told the police that his father frequently mountain biked at high elevations in Argentina, Kirk says.
The state medical examiner is investigating.
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Eynard’s death occurred five days after another mountain biker at Deer Valley, Tommy K. Crawford, died at the resort. Crawford, who was 51 years old and from Gilbert, Ariz., crashed on an experts-only trail and died from his injuries.
Mountain-biking deaths are rare, experts say.