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Reward offered for information about local hit-and-run

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By Corinne Westeman

The Littleton man who was seriously injured after being hit by a car while riding his bike on Nov. 26 on Evergreen's Little Cub Creek Road still hopes the driver will turn himself or herself in to the Colorado State Patrol.

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And that is why a bicycling legal advocate continues to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

“I don’t know if it was someone who panicked ... or with impaired judgment, but for whatever reason, they left Rob (Kantor) lying motionless in the roadway,” said Brad Tucker, an attorney and the founder of ColoBikeLaw, who is offering the reward. “ ... That’s why this is such a serious situation; when you leave someone clearly seriously injured lying on the roadway, you are making a choice to have almost complete disregard for their well-being.”

According to Trooper Gary Cutler of Colorado State Patrol, Kantor, 56, was biking along Little Cub Creek Road near the intersection with Mountain Park Road. A blue vehicle struck him, and he was later transported to St. Anthony Hospital with serious injuries.

CSP received the call at 12:54 p.m., but it is believed the collision happened between 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. Troopers searched nearby for the suspected vehicle but found nothing verifiable, Cutler added.

Tucker stated the vehicle was a blue car with dark tinted windows, and there’s reason to believe there was some damage to the passenger side.

Kantor was hospitalized for a week, and is now home recovering from 17 rib fractures, a wrist fracture, a collapsed lung and other injuries, mostly on the right side of his body. While he will make a full recovery, Kantor said on Monday it will take four to six months for his shoulder to heal completely.

By offering the reward, Kantor and Tucker said they hope to bring further awareness to similar hit-and-run cases by asking all drivers to give their complete attention to the road and not become distracted or make poor decisions.

Sequence of events

On Nov. 26, Kantor and his five Racer X Cycling/ColoBikeLaw teammates were biking down from the Bear Mountain area. Kantor had been leading the group but stopped to take a picture of Mount Evans, and his teammates went ahead.

As he was descending on Little Cub Creek Road, a blue car turned left onto Mountain Park Road right in front of him.

“Out of the blue, there was a car in my lane, and I knew I was going to crash,” Kantor said. “The vehicle was coming uphill and made a left turn in front of me as if I weren’t there. At that point, it’s instinctive; you have less than a split second to make a decision.”

Kantor slammed on his brakes and tried to make an evasive maneuver to the left, and hit the vehicle’s passenger side with the right side of his body.

“I don’t remember most of it,” he continued. “I do remember the moment when I knew I was going to crash. ... This happened despite doing all the right things: I was on the side of the road; I was in the proper lane; I had the right-of-way.”

Tucker was riding with Kantor that day, and he and the rest of the cycling group were waiting for him near the intersection with Highway 73.

Some passers-by drove up to the cyclists and asked if they were Kantor’s friends. They informed the group he’d been injured and drove Tucker back to the scene of the accident.

Support and questions

Kantor said he’s been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the cycling community, including from complete strangers.

But, regarding the motorist involved in the collision, Kantor said he would like to ask him or her: “How could you put (your fear of repercussion) above and beyond the needs of a fellow human being?”

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to call Colorado State Patrol at *277 and reference case report #1A174845.

Contact reporter Corinne Westeman at 303-350-1043 or cwesteman@evergreenco.com, and follow her on Twitter @cwesteman.