Driver who hit champion cyclist in Lakewood is charged with vehicular homicide

A man suspected of drinking and driving has been charged with vehicular homicide for the death of a champion cyclist in Lakewood.

Ryan Scott Montoya, 29, appeared Friday morning in a Jefferson County court where he has been charged with two felony counts, vehicular homicide DUI and vehicular homicide reckless driving, in the death of 46-year-old Gwen Inglis, according to the district attorney’s office.

At about 10 a.m. Sunday Inglis, of Lakewood, was hit by a vehicle, driven by Montoya, on West Alameda Avenue near the intersection of South Indiana Street, according to a DA’s office news release. Inglis was riding in a clearly marked bicycle lane when she was hit. Her husband, Michael Inglis, was riding about 100 meters behind his wife and witnessed the collision.

Montoya drifted out of the motor vehicle lane and almost hit Michael Inglis before hitting Gwen, prosecutors said. Montoya, who was driving a 2006 Nissan Maxima, stopped and remained at the scene of the crash where he was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Inglis was taken to St. Anthony Hospital where she died of her injuries.

Montoya has also been charged with several traffic offenses including infliction of serious bodily injury to a vulnerable road user. He had a prior DUI offense in 2014, according to the news release. He is being held on a $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 15.

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