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Cyclist dies after running out of water during heat wave

Posted at 10:18 PM, Jun 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-16 12:55:17-04

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a 52-year-old man ran out of water and died while mountain biking in intense heat in western Colorado.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office said three other cyclists called 911 after finding the Colorado Springs man alone on mile 28 of the 32-mile Palisade Plunge trail near Grand Junction on Saturday evening. That group of cyclists had also run out of water and were treated for dehydration.

Temperatures reached a record 102 degrees Fahrenheit in Grand Junction on Saturday.

The deceased man was identified on Thursday as Jeffrey Higgins, 53, of Colorado Springs, according to the Mesa County Coroner's Office. His cause of death is heat exposure and the manner of death was accident.