Cause of fatal bike accident might never be known
September 1, 2009
A Park City Police Department official said on Monday investigators are continuing to probe the death of a bicyclist in late August, but he acknowledged that the cause of the accident that killed the man might never be known.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the investigators have turned up "no real new information" in the days since David W. George died after the Aug. 26 accident on Deer Valley Drive. George died at a Salt Lake City hospital after being found in the road close to the Aerie Drive intersection. He was 22 years old and riding a mountain bike northbound on the road. He was not wearing a helmet.
"We’re still looking at it," Kirk said, adding, "We haven’t been able to determine a cause."
Kirk said the police have interviewed three people. They had limited information about the accident, though, he said. One was a roommate of George, another is the person who called 911 reporting the accident and the other is a person who drove by the scene. The roommate was riding a bicycle ahead of George and did not see the crash. Nobody witnessed the accident, the police have said.
Kirk said the people who have been interviewed provided "no real new information" since the initial response by the Police Department.
Meanwhile, Kirk said there is no indication someone intentionally caused George to crash. He also said a vehicle was not involved, an assertion the police have maintained since just after the crash.
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There is scattered bicycle traffic on Deer Valley Drive, which is one of Park City’s busiest roads. A paved trail linking the Main Street area and Prospector parallels a section of Deer Valley Drive, and bicyclists are commonly seen riding on the trail.
Kirk said the people interviewed by the police have told the investigators a vehicle did not cause the accident.
"There’s certainly no indication in any of our investigation there was a car involved," Kirk said.
It was not clear early in the week whether an autopsy was performed. Kirk did not provide information about an autopsy, and the state’s chief medical examiner was not available for comment early in the week. An autopsy might have revealed whether George suffered from a medical condition that could have contributed to the accident.
A funeral was planned on Tuesday in Shrewsbury, Mass. His friends and coworkers in Park City plan to hold a memorial service locally, but a date and location had not been finalized by early in the week.
George and a roommate were riding home to their Prospector apartment at just before 10 p.m. after having dinner on Main Street when George crashed. He was just north of the Deer Valley Drive-Aerie Drive intersection.
He was riding a full-suspension bicycle made by Specialized. A photo of the bicycle released by the Police Department does not show it with extensive damage.
He was remembered as a fun-loving, popular person. He had been a bellman and a driver at The Residences at The Chateaux in Silver Lake Village for two years.
The David George Donation Account has been opened at Zions Bank. Donations will be put toward funeral expenses and a scholarship in his name. They can be made at any Zions Bank branch.