Probe of Lefthand Canyon Cyclist Death Proceeds After 4-Month Backlog

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Probe of Lefthand Canyon Cyclist Death Proceeds After 4-Month Backlog

By Erica Meltzer, Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 10/20/2011 03:04:25 PM MDT

Four months after a 73-year-old cyclist was struck by a dump truck and killed in Lefthand Canyon, the Colorado State Patrol finally is starting a detailed investigation into the accident.

Spokeswoman Heather Cobler said the state patrol's District 6, which includes Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson, Summit and Clear Creek counties, has a backlog of 23 pending investigations into accidents in which someone was killed or seriously injured.

Investigations are prioritized based on the order in which they occur, the complexity of the investigation and the likelihood of felony charges being filed, among other factors, Cobler said.

Eugune Howrey, of Boulder, was killed June 17. According to the initial police report, Christopher G. Loven was driving a Kenworth W900 dump truck hauling a trailer with construction equipment west on Lefthand Canyon Drive when he turned left to go south on Olde Stage Road. The cyclist, Howrey, was heading east on Lefthand Canyon.

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