Cyclist hit on Deer Creek Canyon this morning

From a friend on Facebook... a developing story!

"Today's ride was anything but fun. Around 9:00AM our morning group ride was heading up S. Deer Creek Canyon Rd when a motorist pulled up behind us and began to honk his horn incessantly. Then he sped up and rammed into one the cyclists smashing his bicycle and dragging him under the car. The man got out of his car, started swearing to no one in particular and then took the bicycle and threw it off the road. Notice the man's face as he doesn't have a care in the world. Not once did he apologize or seem to show any remorse."

Updates below

  • Rider was Bryon Nix USAC results & ACA results 2011 Colorado Masters Road Champion (and a whole lot more)
  • Driver did stay on the scene and the state patrol showed up.
  • Riders condition is not serious BUT more tests are to be done
  • Denver Post has picked up the story.
  • The Driver is apparently the grandson of a former USA President
  • This will be on 9News tonight, here is their version
  • Denver 7 News picked this up as well



Byron Nix on the ground after the incident

Statement from Thecyclist-lawyer.com

"This accident had the potential to be very, very bad -even life threatening, the way Byron's bike was sucked up into the front wheel of the truck -we are so grateful it wasn't worse than it was. We are also very grateful to the first responders for their prompt action in getting him to the ER, and to the Colorado State Patrol for responding to the scene and investigating and appropriately citing the driver. I'd also like to commend the cyclists on scene for their self restraint. I'm sure it wasn't easy to remain calm and collected with the driver standing there, but Byron's teammates did the right thing by taking photographs of everything and by remaining calm. Inciting an altercation would not have helped Byron or his case and would only have served to further increase tensions among residents/motorists in Deer Creek Canyon and cyclists who ride there."

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The self control of Byron's

The self control of Byron's teammates should be praised, not lauded. They reacted with extraordinary restraint in the most difficult of situations. By not boxing anyone's head in, the offender's lawyer won't have any ammunition to refute the plain and simple fact that the crime was willful and criminal in intent and nature, and the correct individual will go to prison.

Where he will hopefully take it up the ass every single night. Let due process punish this bastard, not off the cuff, irrational and purely emotional response.

I can only hope that the

I can only hope that the legal process ends up working the way it should and this criminal is sent to prison like he should be. I don't know what I would have done if I were on this ride but my cellphone definitely would have been full of pictures and video by the time the cops showed up.

the driver didn't stay at the

the driver didn't stay at the scene??? is that possible? hopefully he is getting in even more trouble for that... glad I wasn't there..I probably wouldn't have helped things... hope byron is ok...

random side story.. a few years ago a buddy of mine was harassed by a redneck in bldr.. who was yelling/ swerving at him they both pulled over .. words were exchanged and my buddy noticed the driver was drunk and grabbed the keys from his truck... well .. somehow the driver was given a warning and my buddy spent an evening in jail for "trespassing" (by going in and taking the guys keys so he wouldn't get away...) lame... hope this guy gets what he deserves

LAW

I hope the cyclist is recovering quickly, and we as cyclists should never take the law into our own hands.That's a lose lose situation. Prayers be with you my fellow cyclist.

How to get that Citation Elevated

When the police do show up, that is the time to show some emotion. Had an experience where a turning vehicle into a hotel driveway right-hooked a fellow cyclist on the road. Cyclist crashed, but only lost some skin and the bike was okay. Motorist proceeded into a large parking lot for two hotels. I checked hoods of parked vehicles for heat, but could not identify the car in this fashion. I spoke with the hotel staff and alerted them the police would be coming soon, then called 911. When constabulary arrived, they were just standing around and assuring themselves no ambulance was needed. I really woke them up by saying what the hell they were doing: they should get their notebooks out and start a search, because this was a CRIME SCENE. That really got their attention. Later I heard they found a 16-year old boy, who did not have a driver's license, cowering and trembling behind a washing machine in the hotel laundry room. Justice served!

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