Motorcyclist Ricky Zumstein, 37, was driving on County Road 318 through Bondad at 5:10 p.m. Sunday when he lost control as he turned left and sideswiped the guardrail, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jonathan Silver, who responded to the crash.
Silver said that Zumstein and Eddie and Russ Moss, of Flora Vista, were driving 30 mph, which is under the 45 mph speed limit, when Zumstein crashed. The crash happened near the Bondad Landfill, which is at 1500 County Road 318.
Zumstein was wearing a helmet. He was ejected from his motorcycle and collided into the rail and suffered serious injuries.
Two nurses were driving by and stopped to offer aid, but Zumstein died at the scene of the crash, Silver said.
Zumstein had purchased a motorcycle two weeks earlier, and he was not licensed to drive one in Colorado, Silver said.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
Eddie Moss owns Flying M Construction and Trucking with her husband, Russ Moss. Zumstein was a truck driver for the business for about a year and half, she said.
“He was a big ol' teddy bear,” Eddie Moss said of Zumstein, who was 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 300 pounds. “And he wasn't afraid of work. If he came to work and I was mopping he would grab a mop and jump right in.”
She described Zumstein as a outdoorsman who frequently rode off-highway vehicles and dirt bikes. He had recently purchased a motorcycle and rode it every day, she said.
The four motorcyclists woke up on Sunday and drove to Pagosa Springs. They were on their way back home when Zumstein crashed.
“He was a very cautious driver, and he respected the road,” Eddie Moss said. “It was just a freak accident. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.”