Former Wyoming senator dies after bicycle accident

GILLETTE, WYOMING (AP) — Retired Senator Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican known as a consensus-builder in an increasingly polarised Washington, has died. He was 77.

Enzi died peacefully on Monday surrounded by family and friends, former spokesman Max D’Onofrio said.

Enzi had been hospitalised with a broken neck and ribs three days after a bicycle accident near Gillette on Friday. He was stabilised before being flown to a hospital in Colorado but remained unconscious, D’Onofrio said.

Enzi fell near his home about 8.30pm on Friday, family friend John Daly said, around the time Gillette police received a report of a man lying unresponsive in a road near a bike.

Police have seen no indication that anybody else was nearby or involved in the accident, Lieutenant Brent Wasson told a newspaper.

Former Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi. PHOTO: AP