Barbed wire booby trap injures cyclist in South Platte Park

Police and park employees increasing patrols

LITTLETON, Colo. - A bicyclist was injured by a barbed wire booby trap strung across a trail in South Platte Park Saturday, a City of Littleton spokeswoman said.

City of Littleton spokeswoman Kelli D. Narde said the barbed wire was strung across the Mary Carter Greenway Trail, about one foot above the ground. The bicyclist hit the wire on Saturday and was thrown off the bike.

The rider, Jacquie Carpenter, was injured and her bike was damaged.

"My bike went up like a bucking horse, and I went over the handlebars and did a complete endo," Carpenter told 7NEWS. "Thank God I had my helmet on, or it probably would have split my head open."

Although Carpenter  might have a cracked rib, she said it could have been much worse.

"There was a gentleman right behind me with a bike trailer with children in it, and I'm just so grateful that he was not the one who ran into it," Carpenter said.

She said she didn't know if it was a dangerous prank or a deliberate effort to hurt cyclists, but it would not keep her from riding.

"I'll be much more cautious now," said Carpenter. "But I'm used to getting back on the bike. I love it, and I won't stop."

The Greenway Trail runs north to south through the center of South Platte Park, which is located north of C-470 and between South Santa Fe Drive and South Platte Canyon Road.

Narde said Littleton police and South Suburban Parks and Recreation officials are investigating the incident. She said that the person responsible could be charged with reckless endangerment and assault.

Additionally, Narde said police and park employees will increase their patrols of the trail.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Littleton Police Department at 303-795-3890.

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