A 25-year-old man being treated at a hospital on Colorado's western slope succumbed to his injuries on Sept. 18. He had been out riding his bicycle with another party when he was hit by a car. The bicycle rider ahead of him was miraculously not involved in the bike accident.
From what the Colorado State Patrol has been able to piece together so far, a 29-year-old woman was driving east on Highway 50 as were the bicycle riders. The riders were in the bike lane on the highway when the driver veered into the bike lane and hit the back tire of the deceased victim's bicycle. The young man was flown to the hospital with injuries that have not been described, but were ultimately fatal.
The other cyclist was checked out at the scene as a precaution and did not require any further medical attention. It is not known if the driver of the car was injured at all, but troopers believe she was impaired at the time of the crash and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Since the death of the victim, she has now been charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, careless driving and for failing to stay in her lane on the highway.
Riding a bicycle can be dangerous under the best of circumstances, but when the driver of a vehicle is impaired in some way, a cyclist in a bike accident has a greater chance of being seriously injured or dying. Of course, there is no way to predict when an impaired driver will be on the road. This victim's family certainly could not have predicted that when he went for this bike rider it would be the last they would ever see or speak to him. Even filing a wrongful death claim against the driver won't change that.
Source: nbc11news.com, Driver charged with DUI, vehicular homicide in Hwy 50 accident, No author, Sept. 19, 2013