Dear Cycling Community,
We invite you to join us for a ghost bike dedication and memorial in honor of Chuck Vogel, 7:00pm this Friday, August 9. The event will take place near the intersection of Centennial and Pine in Douglas County, at the site where Chuck was hit and killed while riding his bike in the early hours of July 4, 2019. He was struck from behind by a motorist, who fled the scene and left Chuck on the roadside fighting for his life. Unfortunately, Chuck’s injuries proved fatal. The driver was later arrested and is in custody, facing charges for his crimes.
Chuck’s wife, Teri, and son Bryan, want to remember Chuck, to celebrate him, and to dedicate this memorial to him, and we’d love it if you joined us. Chuck’s family is determined to make this horrible event have meaning – to take this loss of one life and make it count by making cycling safer for Colorado cyclists. To that end, we have partnered with Bicycle Colorado and have specific lobbying/law-changing/law-making goals in mind. The family asks you to consider making a donation to a specific link created to assist with funding and efforts which will remember Chuck and honor him with efforts to change laws and make penalties stronger for drivers convicted of leaving the scene. The link is: https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/join-us/donate/remembering-chuck/
Parking: Please park at the Parker Core Knowledge school (address: 11661 Pine Dr, Parker, CO 80138), or the parking lot/park within the neighborhood near Lincoln and Pine. The dedication will start at 7pm.
“We want Chuck’s death to mean something –to have a lasting, and positive impact. We intend to work alongside Bicycle Colorado to change the laws to make sure that drivers who hit a cyclist, and then flee the scene, are punished severely – because their choice to leave the scene can mean the difference between life and death. It’s absolutely unconscionable to leave someone on the roadside fighting for their life, and then face a punishment as light as probation in the criminal case. If drivers know they will face prison time, it’s one more step towards drivers being more careful around cyclists.” — Teri Vogel
About Chuck: Chuck loved life, the outdoors, his family and his community. His presence and laughter would fill a room and his enthusiasm was contagious. Always willing and eager to lend a hand, he was positive role model, resource and mentor to many. He was a volunteer at the Parker Task Force Food Bank, where friends describe him as an amazing individual. His tragic and sudden death has left everyone in shock and disbelief, as we struggle to come to terms with the indescribable loss we have suffered.
Please share with your cycling community. We’ve posted this information to the Hottman Law Office Facebook page.