Fellow cyclists stopped and performed CPR
A bicyclist is in critical condition and riders across Denver are talking about safety on the Cherry Creek Trail after a high-speed, head-on crash there Tuesday evening.
Multiple witnesses said that a young woman cyclist crossed the dividing line of the two-way cycling trail, putting her in the path of an oncoming male cyclist at full speed.
The collision was so severe that the man had no pulse and wasn’t breathing after the crash, according to a physician assistant who had been riding on the trail and stopped. The crash victim regained his pulse and resumed breathing but remained unconscious after the physician assistant, who declined to be identified, and another civilian performed CPR.
The male cyclist, William Latimer of Westminster, was in critical condition at Denver Health on Wednesday, according to his brother, Walter Latimer. The identity and condition of the female cyclist was unknown as of Wednesday.
On most days Cherry Creek is a mix of speedy athletes, casual riders and pedestrians — a situation that one cyclist called the Interstate 25 of bicycles.
In recent weeks, city rangers have used radar guns to enforce the 15-mph speed limit on the two-lane path, part of a safety campaign that rankled some of the path’s users. On Tuesday night, though, that message had terrible resonance.
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