A driver hit and killed Gwen Inglis, the 2019 U.S. road race champion in the 45-49 age group, while she was riding her bike in Lakewood, Colorado, on May 16.
Accompanied by her husband Mike, also a national champion cyclist, Inglis was reportedly riding in the bike lane when the driver hit her with a car.
Inglis was a member of the Black Swift/Cycleton Cycling Team.
The U.S. cycling community is in mourning after national champion Gwen Inglis was killed while out on a training ride in Lakewood, Colorado, near her home on May 16. She was 46.
According to the Lakewood Police Department, an officer responded to report of a crash involving a driver and a cyclist around 10 a.m. local time. Inglis was rushed to a local hospital where she died from her injuries.
Inglis was reportedly in the bike lane when the suspect, Ryan Scott Montoya, 29, of Denver, struck her with a compact sedan. Montoya has been taken into custody and was suspected of being under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident. He is charged with several charges, including suspicion of vehicular homicide involving DUI or DUID.
“We are saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Gwen Inglis,” USA Cycling tweeted. “We are sending our thoughts to Gwen’s family during this difficult time.”
Inglis, the reigning 45-49 age group road race national champion, was a member of the Black Swift/Cycleton Cycling Team, and last raced on April 24, finishing eighth in the Pueblo Classic - Steel City Road Race in Pueblo, Colorado.
“Colorado cycling lost one of their best yesterday,” the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado said in a statement. “Even more impressive was her character off the bike. Knowing Gwen, you would immediately be aware of her strongest qualities. She consistently brought joy into all her relationships, and she openly accepted everyone.”
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