File this under “fish story.”
A cyclist riding along the Platte River Path in Denver, CO was seriously injured in what was initially described as a “clothesline booby trap.” It turns out he was snagged by a fly fisherman!
According to 9 News, a fly fisherman attempting to land a large fish crossed the bike path with his rig, leaving the fishing line draped across the trail. He pulled the line taut just as the cyclist passed by and snagged his helmet on the line. The cyclist lost control and landed in the hospital with a chipped bone in his spine, a concussion, broken pelvis, broken arm and multiple bruises and abrasions.
Question for the bike lawyers: How liable is the fly fisherman for stretching his fishing line across a busy transportation corridor during the evening commute? This happened on the Platte River Trail just south of downtown, not far from the big REI flagship store by the confluence of Cherry Creek. How many Federal Parks with fly fishing have riverside bike trails? Have the doctors told this man and his wife that the helmet saved his life?
Via Bike Denver.