Article Last Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2004 - 12:01:49 AM MST



Firefighter injured in bike accident

Motorist did not see Steve Boyd, who was training for bicycle races

By Jay Hamburger, OF THE RECORD STAFF

A Park City firefighter was injured Wednesday afternoon when a motorist struck him while he was bicycling in Prospector, the Park City Police Department said.
At about 2:50 p.m., Steve Boyd, a 42-year-old Park City resident, was riding a bicycle eastbound at 1760 Prospector Ave. when a motorist pulled out in front of him, Lt. Phil Kirk said. Kirk said Layne Clyde, 41, of Heber was leaving a parking lot on Prospector Avenue in a 1999 Dodge truck when the accident occurred.

Kirk said a parked truck with a trailer attached blocked Clyde's vision and he did not see Boyd on his bicycle. Boyd, who was wearing a helmet, collided with the front of the driver's side of the truck and was thrown off the bicycle, Kirk said.

Boyd's injuries appeared serious just after the accident and the Park City Fire District transported him to St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Kirk said. Initially, he said, emergency crews believed that Boyd's right leg had been broken but it was later found that he probably suffered muscle damage, Kirk said. Boyd's left ear was lacerated in the accident, Kirk said.

Officers did not write Clyde a ticket after an investigation found that the truck and trailer blocked his vision, Kirk said. The investigating officer determined that a ticket was inappropriate, he said.

Steve Zwirn, a battalion chief with the Park City Fire District, said Boyd is an engineer with the district who drives fire engines and runs pumps.

"He's in a lot of pain but he's doing OK," Zwirn said.

Zwirn said Boyd's next shift is scheduled Tuesday and he will probably work that day. Boyd has worked for the fire district about six years, Zwirn said.

Zwirn said Boyd was training for a national championship road-cycling races scheduled in Park City in August.