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Subaru driver allegedly runs over woman's foot for walking on closed Boulder road

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos, video below.
The flooding in Boulder County may not be dominating newscasts the way it did back in September, but plenty of people in the area are still in recovery mode -- and many of them are plenty stressed, as illustrated by a recent incident on a road still accessible only to local traffic.

According to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, a thus-far-unknown Subaru driver appears to have hit a woman walking on a closed road, running over her foot in the process. Photos, video and details below.

The altercation reportedly took place just shy of 3:30 p.m. October 27 on Flagstaff Road.

"The road is closed except for residents," says BCSO Commander Heidi Prentup -- but a man and a woman were walking along it anyhow, in order to access some nearby trails that have reopened since the flooding.

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Flagstaff Road in Boulder County.
What happened next? "The two people who were walking on the road said they were approached by a woman in a car," Prentup notes. "I believe the woman stayed in her car the whole time, but she yelled at them, saying the road was closed and they needed to get off it."

That's a little different from the account the thus-far-unidentified walker shared with 7News.

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The woman who was struck spoke to 7News, which agreed to disguise her identity.
She told the station the Subaru driver claimed the road was "private" -- a description that doesn't fit Flagstaff. "It accesses several subdivisions, and you can get to Cold Creek Canyon from that roadway, too," Prentup points out.

Not that Prentup believes the couple were totally in the right. "From what I've heard, the people were walking in the road, which they shouldn't have been," she allows. In her view, "they should not have been up there recreating" because of the continuing closure.

Still, Prentup emphasizes that these factors in no way justify the way the shout-fest was punctuated: "After yelling at them for a couple of minutes, she drove off, and struck the female of the couple when she did."

At this point, investigators aren't certain what part of the car smacked the woman, but Prentup says "she has injuries to her foot and a couple of scrapes in other places, too."

Here's a photo taken of the woman's toes at a hospital emergency room:

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Did the driver of the vehicle injure the woman intentionally? "We have no way to tell that until we talk to the person who was driving the car," Prentup maintains. She's described as a Caucasian between 25 and 35, with shoulder length blond hair. She was smoking, and her car, a sky blue Subaru Outback wagon, may have sported "Choose Life" license plates.

Possible charges against the woman could include vehicular assault and hit and run, Prentup says -- and while she understands why the driver might have been upset, she makes it clear that the situation could have been handled much better.

"People up in the mountains are still very impacted by the flooding and road closures," Prentup says. "They've had to change their lives because of it, while the people on the flats who may or may not have been impacted probably have recovered by now, and are ready to get on with their lives and recreate. And when those two things come together, there's a lot of frustration. But we definitely would ask people not to take matters into their own hands. They should call the authorities to help mediate the situation."

Here's the 7News report featuring an interview with the injured woman.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa September: "Videos: Startling aerial footage of flooding in Lyons, Longmont."

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28 comments
anon
anon

Damn Colorado is on the up and up... LOL

Anyway, how do we know that this lady did not kick the Subaru while it was moving......

These seem like very superficial injuries for a "run-in" or "run-down" by a Subaru.

Alpha-Omega
Alpha-Omega

The Subaru driver is lucky it wasn't a cyclist.  They'd probably be forming the tofu firing squad in Boulder right now.

Juan Macias
Juan Macias

I really don't care for anybody in this story. Since moving here to CO about 3 years ago the pedestrians walking around here seem to be self entitled assholes that think you have to stop for them cuz they start walking across 6 lanes of traffic. Pedestrians always have the right of way except when in the way.

David Spohn
David Spohn

Only in the peoples republic of Boulder....lol

Bob Knudsen
Bob Knudsen

That doesn't change the fact that the Subarus per capita in Boulder are like 2:1

Wendy Dennie
Wendy Dennie

Bahahaha, good one! Subaru drivers tend to be schmucks

Sean Gruno
Sean Gruno

The Republic of Boulder on display in fine form...this is almost the setting for a Portlandia sketch.

Lucy Britches
Lucy Britches

People think the state animal is like a bear or something. Not so. It is a douchebag in a Surbaru.

Bob Knudsen
Bob Knudsen

I don't think you have to specify "Subaru" in Boulder...

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

I wish that subura lady tried that on me.. Not only would she be looking at extensive damage to her subaru, she would be doing so once the swelling around her orbital bones subsided. 

McShyster
McShyster

 "She was smoking, ... sporting "Choose Life" license plates"

Typical ignorant violent repuglycan teabagger.


Harvey
Harvey

Colorado, thankfully, does not have a "Choose Life" license plate.  It's "Respect Life".  And nine times out of ten the driver speeding and swerving down the road while text messaging is sporting one of those plates.  Respecting life apparently means "respecting your own life" while preventing others from safely living theirs.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Bob Knudsen Bet your math is pretty close, Bob. Thanks for posting.

Alpha-Omega
Alpha-Omega

@Wendy Dennie And the worst drivers on the planet.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Sean Gruno Funny post, Sean. Thanks.

KarzNskis
KarzNskis

I present an ammendment to replace the State Bird. The species I'm thinking of is awkwardly slow, spends more time looking behind it observing other birds than it does moving forward, and cannot understand why other birds contantly give it the finger when it gets passed on the right side of the sky... the "crested doucharoo" has my vote for the new State Bird

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Lucy Britches Hilarious, Lucy. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Tracy Strode #Funny, Tracy. Thanks.

joseph.jennings.moff
joseph.jennings.moff

@McShyster If she is in Boulder and driving a Subaru she is likely of your ilk.  Moron. 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Harvey You're right about the "Respect Life" plates, Harvey. Thanks for posting.

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