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Cyclist improves after being struck by truck

Woman has broken wrist, multiple fractures to pelvis after Bodo crash

A Durango woman was upgraded from critical to serious condition at a Denver-area hospital on Friday, a day after being run over by a Toyota Tundra.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Richards, 51, was “lucid” and awake Friday at St. Anthony Hospital, said her husband, Joel Richards.

“She’s strong, and she’s in very good shape considering what she’s been through,” he said. “She is extremely lucky to be alive. It’s miraculous, really, that she is alive.”

Betsy Richards was riding her road bike Thursday morning southbound on West Frontage Road in Bodo Industrial Park.

Linda Wagner, 64, of Bayfield, was driving a Toyota Tundra northbound on West Frontage Road when she made a left-hand turn into the Centennial Center parking lot without seeing Richards, Durango police said.

Richards was thrown onto the hood of the pickup before falling to the pavement and being run over by both tires on the driver’s side.

She suffered a broken wrist and multiple fractures to her pelvis, her husband said.

“They pretty much said every bone in her pelvis was broken,” Joel Richards said.

Doctors worked Thursday and Friday to control the bleeding, he said. Her bladder was torn from the urethra, “so they’re having to do a lot of plumbing,” he said.

Charges against the driver were pending Friday.

“It’s got to be horrible for her, too,” Joel Richards said.

Joel Richards said the family has been “flooded” with people offering help, but there’s little that can be done at the moment.

Betsy Richards will be in the hospital for at least two weeks, he said.

She is conscious, has a good sense of humor, but is in a lot of pain, Joel Richards said.

“She looks beat up,” he said. “She looks like she was run over by a truck.”

shane@durangoherald.com

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