Florida Road crash sends man to Mercy

Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Jared Rapp, investigates the crash on Florida Road (County Road 240) at mile marker 4.5. Enlarge photo

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Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Jared Rapp, investigates the crash on Florida Road (County Road 240) at mile marker 4.5.

A man who fled an accident site east of Durango on Florida Road (County Road 240) was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon with what appeared to be a broken arm and burns on his back.

The man, who was driving a white Volkswagen, was not identified at the scene.

Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Jared Rapp said the man who was sent to Mercy lost control of his Volkswagen sedan while he was eastbound on Florida Road traveling about 70 mph. Rapp said the car rotated into the westbound lane and hit a Toyota Tundra driven by Steve Martin.

“I feel very lucky,” Martin said, as he looked over his wrecked pickup. “I tried to avoid it. A witness said I did a beautiful job of driving.”

The Volkswagen rolled once, ejecting the unidentified driver, who was the only occupant, pinning him under the car.

Another motorist, Tyler Black said, “I came up on the wreck and saw these two bystanders digging out the guy from under the car. They got him out, and the guy stood up and shook, and then took off running.”

Black ran after the fleeing man trying to get him to stop.

“After I chased him through the woods for a while up to Durango Cliffs, he finally stopped and started to talk to me, and then two sheriff’s deputies that were following me came up. The guy looked like he had a broken arm and burns on his back.”

The man was transported to Mercy by a crew from Durango Fire & Rescue Authority.

jm@durangoherald.com

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Tyler Black, left, a witness talks with Steve Martin after his truck collided with a car on Florida Road. Enlarge photo

JERRY McBRIDE/Herald Tyler Black, left, a witness talks with Steve Martin after his truck collided with a car on Florida Road.

Steve Martin looks over damage to his Toyota Tundra after he was hit on Florida Road (County Road 240) near the Durango Cliffs subdivision. “I feel very lucky,” he said. “I tried to avoid it.” Enlarge photo

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Steve Martin looks over damage to his Toyota Tundra after he was hit on Florida Road (County Road 240) near the Durango Cliffs subdivision. “I feel very lucky,” he said. “I tried to avoid it.”