Motorcycle Accident Kills 79-Year-Old Rider

While out riding with the Aspen Valley Chapter 2079 Harley Owners Group, Lyle J. Troth Jr., 79, died from injuries sustained in an accident on Sunday, April 22 at 3:14 pm. The accident took place approximately 13 miles outside of Gateway, Colorado on Colorado Highway 141 near mile marker 124.

Troth was heading north on a 1991 Harley-Davidson Sportster. He collided with a guardrail and was ejected from his bike. The coroner’s report indicates that neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the accident. The Colorado State Patrol said that Troth may have been going too fast to for the road’s winding contour.

Troth was the owner of Lyle Troth’s Gun Repair in Glenwood Springs. Joan, his wife, is an election judge.

Colorado saw 82 fatalities from motorcycle accidents in 2010. Mesa County, where Troth’s accident took place, had one fatality that year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the percentage of motorcycle fatalities involving riders aged 49 and older increased every year from 1990 to 1999. By 2003, the agency said, 46 percent of motorcyclist fatalities were involved riders aged 40 and older. The average and median age of motorcycle owners has also increased every year.

No matter your age, you must take extra care on our curvy Colorado roads. They make for fantastic rides, but the risk is always there. Slow down on the curves and keep a strong tread on your tires.

The Metier Law Group, LLCDenver injury attorneys

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