Cyclist recovering after hitting tripwire on Colorado Springs bike trail

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A local cyclist is recovering after hitting a tripwire while riding on Rock Island Trail in Colorado Springs. 

“He’s ruined my life for a few months,” said Nard Claar, who suffered severe injuries after he crashed into the boobytrap Thursday. 

Claar left the trail with three broken ribs and a broken clavicle. He said it is going to take between two and three months for him to heal. Claar was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. 

“It destroyed the helmet and destroyed basically all the clothes that I had on,” he said. “It ripped them to shreds. If I wasn’t wearing a helmet or didn’t turn my head sideways, I could have been dead.”

The boobytrap was set up on a bridge portion of the trail between Academy Boulevard and Murray Boulevard.

Once he hit the pavement, Claar said, he went unconscious, while his friend called for help. 

“It’s pure evil,” Claar said. “It’s everything against pure humanity and everything this city stands for.”

If you have any information or cameras in the area that may have caught whoever put this up, you’re asked to contact Colorado Springs police.

“They’re following up with charges of reckless endangerment and criminal assault,” Claar said.

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