Reckless Driver Kills Bike Advocate Scott Hendrickson

By Andy Bosselman, StreetsBlog

Scott Hendrickson, a beloved cyclist, pedicab driver and bike shop worker with a macabre sense of humor, died after being hit by a reckless driver last week at one of Denver’s many unsafe intersections — the first person on a bike killed so far this year.

Police have offered little information about the moments leading up to the crash that killed Hendrickson on Friday, July 12, but friends of the cyclist said the death is a wake-up call for a city that has too many dangerous places and too many cars.

Scott Hendrickson died last week at the age of 62. Photo: Jeffrey Fisher

“He was an avid cyclist, so if somebody like that is killed by a motorist, you know that we’ve got a problem,” said Hendrickson’s friend Brad Evans, founder of the Denver Cruisers Ride.

Few details have been released about the crash, except that it occurred at around 5:45 p.m. near the West-Bar-Val-Wood Park in the Valverde neighborhood. Cops say the driver of a minivan headed south on South Tejon Street crashed into Hendrickson, who was cycling westbound on W. Bayaud Avenue.

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