11:29 a.m., July 3 — A motorcyclist involved in a crash on U.S. Highway 40 near the entrance to the Mary Jane ski area has died.
Police said 56-year-old Michael Maner of Austin, Texas, passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver.
Maner’s motorcycle struck a car just before noon on Wednesday, July 2. He was airlifted to Denver with severe head injuries and was listed in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon.
As of press time, no charges have been filed.
Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor said he expected a lengthy investigation as police still needed to interview witnesses and reconstruct the scene of the accident.
“There’s probably nothing pending imminently at this point,” Trainor said.
The Grand County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Drugs and/or alcohol were not believed to be a factor in the crash.
No one else was injured in the crash, which shut down both lines of U.S. Highway 40 for about an hour.
July 2 — One man is in critical condition at St. Anthony’s Hospital after his motorcycle collided with a car in Winter Park.
The accident was east of the Mary Jane ski area entrance on U.S. Highway 40 just before noon.
“An initial investigation into the incident reveals that the driver of the motorcycle was attempting to pass a second vehicle that was in the process of turning left off of the highway,” Fraser-Winter Park Police said in a press release.
The motorcyclist, a 56-year-old Texas man, was airlifted to Denver with severe head injuries.
Initial reports stated the man was wearing a helmet.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 32-year-old Denver man, was uninjured, according to the press release.
Emergency responders from East Grand Fire, Grand County EMS, Fraser-Winter Park Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation all responded to the incident.
U.S. Highway 40 was closed in both directions for about an hour and was reopened around 2 p.m.
The accident is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed.