Cyclist airlifted in Kamas |

Cyclist airlifted in Kamas

Caroline Kingsley, The Park Record

A man was airlifted from Kamas on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 13 after he became entangled in a dog leash and fell off his bike.

A deputy happened to be patrolling the area, when he turned a corner and found a man who appeared to be in his 60s lying in the middle of the road.

A witness had observed the man riding a bike while walking his dog.

"Somehow he and the dog and bike got tangled up together and he went down," said Capt. Justin Martinez from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

When the deputy arrived on scene, the man was unconscious.

"They decided to try to coax him out and find out some information. He became conscious but was still unresponsive and they didn’t know who he was. He had no ID," Martinez said.

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The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet and appeared to be suffering from head trauma.

"He could not communicate effectively and had what appeared to be some serious breaks and bumps, so they decided to airlift him out," he said.

Martinez said that in most Summit County bicycling incidents, people are wearing helmets.

"But when we see these more tragic accidents, they typically do not have a helmet on," he said. "It really shows the importance of wearing a helmet. Just like you wear a seatbelt even if you are going to the store to get milk, if you are only riding your bike around the corner, always wear a helmet."