UPDATE DECEMBER 5 2017 – Cycling victim & distracted driver identified; 9News reports driver was adjusting volume on cell phone
John Kirby, a 53-year-old Douglas County resident, lost his life on the evening of November 27, 2017, when he was hit by a distracted driver on Hess Rd.
John was traveling eastbound on Hess Rd at Double Angle Rd and was in the bike lane when the distracted 54-year-old, Beth Young, veered into the bike lane striking and killing him.
Yesterday, charges were recommended to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office – Colorado for Beth. Beth has been booked and has posted bond on the charge of Careless Driving Causing Death.
We would like to express our condolences to John’s friends and family; We are so sorry for your loss. We also want this to serve as a reminder to all that distracted driving does have consequences. Not all cases of distracted driving will end as tragically as this case did, however, all cases have the potential to end tragically and there will be consequences for distracted drivers.
9News reports, “The suspect, identified as 54-year-old Beth Young, faces charges for careless driving causing death. The sheriff’s office says she is out on bond. . . Young told investigators that just before the crash happened, her cell phone — which was connected to the stereo system of her car — started ringing, according to an arrest affidavit.”
Details are limited but both The Denver Post and 9News report on the Hess Road cyclist death:
From The Denver Post
Bike rider killed in crash when driver drifts into Douglas County bike lane
A bicyclist died after a vehicle drifted into the bike lane and hit him Monday in Douglas County.
Undetermined charges are pending against the driver who will be identified if charges are filed, said Lauren Lekander, spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The cyclist has not yet been identified.
A cyclist was hit and killed by a car Monday afternoon on a two lane road in Parker.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says the crash occurred on Hess Road near Double Angel Road.
The cyclist has not yet been identified by the Douglas County coroner, who is conducting an autopsy.
A spokesperson for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office could not give details about the circumstances surrounding the crash, but did say charges are pending for the driver while investigators await the coroner’s report and a few more details from their probe into the apparent accident.
Hess Road was closed near where the crash occurred for hours Monday afternoon.
It has since reopened.