Bicyclist killed by vehicle

Flanked by volunteers with the Lands End Fire Protection District, a Colorado State Patrol trooper, center, investigates an accident in which one of two eastbound bicyclists was hit by a vehicle on Wednesday. The cyclist died after being hit by a Chevrolet Blazer that drove onto the shoulder of U.S. Highway 50 on Whitewater Hill, about half a mile east of the Lands End Road intersection. No one else was injured.

A male bicyclist is dead and the Palisade woman who was driving the vehicle that hit him was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The cyclist, 25-year-old Eunjei Cho, died of injuries apparently sustained in the accident, the patrol said.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said the man’s next of kin had been notified of his death. Lewis said the family lives in New Mexico, but could not say if that’s where Cho was from.

Though not all the details of the accident were known late Wednesday, the cyclist was riding near Whitewater Hill on eastbound U.S. Highway 50 south of Grand Junction when the 29-year-old driver of a red Chevy Blazer, Tonie Rosales, “drifted” and hit one of two cyclists along the highway, according to the patrol and police on the scene.

The cyclist was taken to a nearby hospital by CareFlight, but died at 4:12 p.m., Lewis said.

Witnesses said the second cyclist did not appear to be injured.

The collision happened near mile marker 46, about a half-mile east of the turnoff to Lands End Road.

The incident was the second vehicle-bicycle accident in the region on Wednesday.

In the second incident, a motorist driving a pickup truck was pulling out of a driveway onto 25 Road near Industrial Boulevard and hit a woman on a bicycle, according to Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras.

The woman, who was riding southbound in a designated bicycle lane, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The extent of her injuries was unknown, but they did not appear to be life-threatening, Porras said.

Neither the driver nor the cyclist was identified.


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