The co-chair of the Aspen Open Space board was hospitalized in Denver after being the pedestrian in a collision with a vehicle at North Mill and East Bleeker streets last Friday.
Howie Mallory, 75, was crossing North Mill Street when he was struck by an oncoming GMC Sierra. Because he was not in a designated crossing area, Mallory was found to be at fault.
“The accident report will show that he will be getting a ticket for failure to yield the right-of-way,” Aspen Police Community Response Officer Bobby Schafer said Wednesday.
“It’s a municipal ticket, so there is a fine; there’s no court appearance unless he wants to ... fight it and go to court. I did speak with him about that this morning; he understood about what we had to do there.”
While Mallory is still hospitalized and therefore not physically present to receive the citation, the fine amount is not listed on the Aspen police accident report, since it hasn’t been presented yet.
“I actually have written the ticket; it has not been served yet because he is still in the hospital,” Schafer said. “He’s in Denver. When he gets released and he’s back home, I’ll be giving him the ticket, but I don’t know when that is.”
As to the extent of Mallory’s injuries, Schafer could not explain further than simply confirming Mallory’s hospitalization. Calls to the family Tuesday were not returned.
“Because of the medical nature of that, I can’t comment,” he said. “Both he and his wife said ... they just kind of want their privacy at this point, and they’re not ready to really release any injuries of that [detail]. With all the [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] laws, anything that we garner, we can’t re-release for their safety.”