A 16-year-old pedestrian crossing from the south side of Main Street on Nov. 5 was struck by an eastbound vehicle in the left lane.
Another vehicle in the right lane stopped for the pedestrian, but Micheal Gustad, 64, told Aspen police officer Charlie Martin that “he did not see the pedestrian,” according to the traffic accident report.
“He heard a noise and saw the pedestrian in his rearview mirror on the ground,” the report continues, adding that Gustad then “did a U-turn and headed to the scene.”
The teenager was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital, but was not immediately available for comment to confirm injuries.
Gustad, of Grand Junction, was charged with violating a pedestrian’s right of way and is due in Pitkin County court Dec. 18. He also received a traffic citation totalling $87 and four points off his driver’s license.
The accident occurred at 7:39 a.m. and the intersection between Main and Third Streets, according to the accident report.
Main Street has several pedestrian crossings specially designated with push-button flashing lights. Those crossings, particularly near the county building and police department, were outlined specifically in a civic master plan more than a decade ago. Still, locals regularly caution about the dangers of crossing Main Street on foot, regardless of the extra lights and signs.
And one of those crossings was made more precarious by a broken light. The city’s engineering department was actively working to address the situation at Main and Fourth Street, one block from where the Nov. 5 incident occurred, on Thursday.
“Weather permitting, we are trying to get it completed by the end of this week, but it may fall into next week,” said Justin Forman with the department, but who added he is not directly involved with the project. Nobody was immediately available to discuss the details of that undertaking or for how long the light has been broken.