Driver accused in fatal crash criticized cyclists

BOULDER — A man facing a possible vehicular homicide charge in the death of a cyclist in Lyons previously complained at public meetings about problems caused by cyclists.

The Lyons Recorder quoted 69-year-old Patrick Allen Ward as complaining about “gangs” of cyclists breaking traffic laws and impeding traffic in the town near Boulder in March 2010.

Town administrator Victoria Simonsen confirmed that Ward is the same one who was arrested in the death of cyclist Michel Van Duym of Boulder. She told the Daily Camera ( ) he also spoke about his concerns about cyclists at other meetings.

Ward’s lawyer, Larry Mertes, said his prior remarks don’t have anything to do with the fatal crash.

Ward is accused of hitting Van Duym while driving on the wrong side of the road, possibly while turning.


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