DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver investigated a deadly hit and run on Friday where a bicyclist was killed. Investigators believe they found the driver about two miles away in a private trash truck.
The bicyclist was killed at 29th and Brighton Boulevard on Friday afternoon. The driver in question sped off but officers believe they caught up with him in Denver’s Swansea neighborhood.
“It appears he was run over by the rear wheels … so that the commercial motor vehicle did not remain on scene,” said Denver Police Sgt. Mike Farr.
Police say the deadly crash should offer a warning for all drivers in the Denver metro area.
“Motorists just have to know, they’re out there and they’re part of the transportation system, they’re the most vulnerable part of the transportation system,” said Farr.
Police have not charged the driver and told CBS4 the investigation continues.
Marc Currin of Denver Bicycles Every Day believes drivers in Colorado are aware of bicyclists but is not so sure about those from out of state.
“Bring your good habits, not your bad habits. They’re blowing through stop signs, they’re in a hurry,” said Currin.
A recent study from the University of Colorado Denver found the more people are using bicycles the greater awareness by motorists.