Craig motorcyclist remains in serious condition |

Craig motorcyclist remains in serious condition

Man airlifted to Denver Health after crash Monday

Zach Fridell

— Craig resident Ricky Bustad remains in serious condition in a Denver hospital after crashing his motorcycle west of Hayden on Monday night.

Bustad, 37, was traveling west on U.S. Highway 40 at about 7:20 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his 1994 Harley-Davidson FLSTN motorcycle and went off the right side of the road. Bustad was not wearing a helmet and sustained head injuries when he struck two signs before landing in a patch of bushes.

According to Colorado State Patrol trooper Tonja Cowan, Bustad was suffering short-term memory loss at Yampa Valley Medical Center after the crash.

“He took a really serious hit to the head, so his short-term memory is shot,” Cowan said. “He was asking me to tell him how he got in the hospital bed.”

Cowan said drugs and alcohol are not thought to have played a role in the crash.

Bustad was airlifted to Denver Health on Monday night, where he remained in serious but stable condition Tuesday, Denver Health spokesman Josh Herrington said.

Cowan said Bustad was not a part of the large NASCAR charity motorcycle ride that was traveling through the county Monday.

The crash occurred near mile marker 103 west of Hayden on a flat curve. Cowan said the road was dry and there did not appear to be any gravel on the roadway. Bustad’s motorcycle was heavily damaged in the crash, Cowan said.

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