A Vancouver Injury Lawyer Reports on a Fatal Mount Fromme Bike Crash
Posted on Jun 27, 2013
A Vancouver bicycle accident attorney at Lane & Lane was saddened to learn about a fatal bike accident that occurred recently in the North Shore Mountains.
38-year-old Jeffrey Fields, of Boise, Idaho, was biking solo along a challenging part of Mount Fromme, in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. He apparently fell off a teeter-totter-like obstacle stuck on the trail, technically called a "balance board." As a result, he suffered massive head and neck injuries. Fields had been wearing a safety helmet.
On Monday, June 10, 2013, other bikers found him unconscious and tried to carry him down the mountain to get emergency care, but he died before they could reach a hospital. The B.C. Coroner Service and North Shore Search and Rescue retrieved his body from the trail. They used a helicopter to carry out a longline recovery operation.
Cpl. Richard De Jong of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said that Fields likely tumbled two meters off the balance board, when he fell. Both the police and the coroners' service are investigating the accident.
Mount Fromme, also known by locals as Grouse Mountain because of an area ski resort of that name, is an 1185 meter peaked, forested dome that is popular among extreme mountain bikers, who traverse its southern slope. In addition to natural obstacles, like fallen logs and large boulders, the trails feature man-made obstacles, like gaps in the road/trail, jumps and ladder bridges. Serious bike accidents on these trails are not uncommon.
The Vancouver bike accident attorneys at McComb Witten send sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Fields who have been affected by this tragic accident.