Patrick Ward made anti-bicycling statements before crash that killed cyclist

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Photos, video below.
Over the weekend in Lyons, Patrick Ward, 69, was arrested on a series of charges, including suspicion of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol, in the death of cyclist Michel Van Duym.

Now, we're learning that Ward appeared at a series of public meetings in Lyons circa 2010, expressing with great passion his dislike of the cyclists that are so common in the community. At one point, he said, "These people don't belong in Lyons. They certainly don't belong in the foothills around Lyons."

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The crash site.
This last quote is from "PCDC Gets an Earful," a 2010 article in the Lyons Recorder about a meeting of the town's Planning and Community Development Commission.

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Michel Van Duym.
Here's an excerpt from the article:
Pat Ward took the dais next, and voiced his frustrations with the wording in the Comp Plan, which spoke to promoting and enhancing the use of bicycles in Lyons. Ward noted that if the riders were to be afforded the rights of an automobile driver, then they should be expected to obey the rules of the road. He cited numerous instances he had witnessed when "gangs" of bicyclists disobeyed signage, lights, and impeded traffic flow, and he questioned why Boulder County Deputies failed to issue tickets to the offenders.
Ward didn't have a spotless road record himself. As noted by the Boulder Daily Camera, he was busted for driving under the influence back in 1975.

Nonetheless, Ward continued to express antipathy for cyclists in public forums. According to 9News, he took part in a series of meetings dealing with a ten-year plan for Lyons that promoted cycling; they took place in March, April, May, June, and July.

At such get-togethers, one of his themes is said to have been the problems presented by cycling and cyclists.

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Van Duym on his bicycle.
Cut to Saturday afternoon, when Van Duym, a 46-year-old sales representative at GHX, described by the Camera as "a Louisville-based health care supply chain management firm," was riding his bike on Lyons' Main Street when an SUV driven by Ward struck and killed him.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. At this point, the BCSO believes that Ward was heading west on Main when the accident took place.

Unfortunately, he appears to have been doing so in a eastbound lane.

Ward was promptly arrested and placed in Boulder County Jail on a $25,000 bond. He's expected to make his first court appearance at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

In the meantime, a memorial service for Van Duym is slated for Saturday at St John's Episcopal Church in Boulder.

Our condolences to his friends, family and loved ones.

Look below to see a larger version of Ward's mug shot and the 9News report.

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Patrick Ward.

Correction: The original version of this post reversed the direction Ward was traveling at the time of the fatal accident. The mistake has been corrected; we regret the error.

More from our Follow That Story archive: "The ten worst Colorado bike collisions of 2012."

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Quantaray
Quantaray

The reality of bicyclists sharing the road is that we do so knowing that a certain percentage of drivers are either  drunk, on drugs of some kind, distracted, texting or talking on their phone or with other passengers. 

I've seen people driving their cars while reading something on their steering wheels.  Really?  Usually, within a week of commuting I have at least one close call incident caused by driver inattention.  

All of this has caused me to change my riding habits.  Now I take my bike on the road only when moving between bike paths.  I am willing to take risks, but dying at the hands of an idiot is not one of them, and that's the chance you take with most drivers not paying 100% attention.  Some of them like the knuckle dragging Mr. Ward, are DRUNK and openly HOSTILE to bikers, which sadly is probably not that rare in Denver.

snosrfr
snosrfr

yodownmuthalicka, you definitely don't speak for the cycling community. your feeble personal attacks are a clear indicator to your narrow-minded, angrily smug character.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*** No More Free Rides for Bicyclists!! ***

It's long past time for MANDATORY Bicycle Registration, Mandatory Cycle Licenses, Mandatory License Plates for Bikes to help identify and prosecute the scofflaws ... and MANDATORY LIABILITY Insurance for all those who operate a bike on the PUBLIC ROADWAYS!


SxPxDxCx
SxPxDxCx

I love the indignation of the poor put upon motorists.  I'm a cyclist but I also drive a car and if we want to talk about people not following traffic rules how about we start with people in cars.  They don't completely stop at stop signs and if they do it is often in the cross walk.  Vast swaths of humanity have no idea what a Yield sign means so it seems that most people in cars just ignore them.  I could go on and on. 

When everyone that drives a car does so in exact accordance to all laws and regulations then you can start being pissed at people on bikes.  Get your own house in order before you judge others so harshly.

Kyle Hartman
Kyle Hartman

I don't condone taking out bicyclists and this is a tragic story but I am sick to death of Bicyclists not obeying the rules of the road! Like when they ride on a very narrow road going twenty miles below the speed limit and you can't pass them, then you get a red light and they breeze right through it!! If they are going to try to act like a car then they shouldn't be running red lights!!! And really a bike is not a car!!! There should be separate roads for bikes!!!!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How many cops make anti-suspect statements ... before they're involved in a citizen beatdown / execution ??


Patty Leidy
Patty Leidy

I'm fine sharing the road as long as they follow the traffic laws.I was cut off at a stop sign when a biker blazed thru and I almost hit him..I yelled out that the laws applied to us all and he smirked..

Green_eyes
Green_eyes

I certainly hope he didn't hit the bicyclist purposely.....

Sara Conrad
Sara Conrad

No. Stupid man was drunk. Again, providing me the opportunity to point out, alcohol = bad.

Rachel Griffin
Rachel Griffin

Hey John- define "our" for me. As a taxpayer, I'm a little confused.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

Yes because so many bikers I see are breaking the rules of the road and its causing road rage. You don't want to hit them on narrow roads they ride side by side, go through red lights etc. But clearly the above accident was not really an accident he was drunk and driving the wrong way more like manslaughter.

Chris Sheets
Chris Sheets

Make the cyclists obey the law and everything will be fine

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

He did this on purpose according to the media .

Of course it MIST be true because just as a politician, the media NEVER lies ...

Jay Jurgens
Jay Jurgens

This is a bullshit statement ! While this is a tragic accident, this statement makes cyclists look innocent and I'm here to tell you they are NOT! I have had several run ins with these boulderite cyclists. I almost hit a cyclist as he just blew thru a stop sighn, when I confronted him all he could say was why are you hassling me your hassling me. Another time my dogs and I were walking on the sidewalk and nearly got ran over because two cyclists were riding on the sidewalk because THIER shoes were locked into THIER pedals and they were too lazy to WALK THIER BIKES ON A SIDEWALK. Again when confronting them I was told I was hassling them. Another time I was confronted by a cyclist because I was walking my dogs on his bike path and he didn't even live here in lyons! While I can't stand up for Pat because he was apparently drunk or had been drinking and this such a tragedy I WILL NOT STAND WITH CYCLISTS BECAUSE THEY ARE RUDE AND HIDE BEHIND PEDESTRIAN LAWS WHILE THEY IGNORE LAWS OF THE ROAD. The ONLY reason I haven't stepped up and kicked the shit out of any of the three that have passed my path is because of legal ramifications but get this straight WESTWORD there is nothing I would like more than stick some of these cyclists bicycles right up THIER boulderite asses so they crapped parts for the end of THIER days. I ride a motorcycle and have avoided many accidents from people driving THIER cages by PAYING ATTENTION TO TRAFFIC AROUND ME and cyclists should do the same. While I am sorry this man lost his life as far as I am concerned it was both of THIER faults and I hope EVERYBODY CAN LEARN FROM THIS. But I will say this if these tree hugging boulder fitness fairies want to ride here in lyons then start showing some respect to the people who's town you ride in or stay your exercising asses in boulder where you fucking belong

Mark Anthony Given
Mark Anthony Given

Been on a bike over ten years straight and I must admit, some people hate bikes. Just yesterday as I crossed a street a car released the brakes just enough to scare me and it happens over and over. People are inherently evil....

Mark Ewell
Mark Ewell

This is a simple drunk driving incident involving a guy with a previous drunk driving conviction. The fact that he didn't like cyclists and ended up hitting one when he was drunk and driving eastbound in a westbound lane has nothing to do with it.

John Larson
John Larson

I think it's time they quit chopping up our streets with all those stupid bike lane paint

Lori Levise
Lori Levise

Can't say this article really says much factually about the accident. Yes, he didn't like cyclists, but a lot of drivers don't. He didn't make direct threats, according to this article, so that really doesn't hold much water. I feel for the cyclist--don't get me wrong. Just as there are crappy drivers, there are crappy cyclists. I do notice that they don't seem to enforce the rules of the road with cyclists like they do with drivers around here. Other places DO TICKET cyclists not following the rules, so he does make a point there.

Nose2Much
Nose2Much

@Terence Hayden And dinosaurs and cockroaches were here before humans.  Doesn't give bicyclists the right to ignore the law.

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

@DonkeyHotay And of course, you will hold bake sales to pay for all of the licensing of 6 year old kids who now have to have license plates for their bikes, along with the millions of others who own multiple bikes?

This is probably one of the all time worst of the wacky "ideas" that belch from the  fringes of society.

lbortolotto
lbortolotto

@DonkeyHotay That's a great idea! Would you apply those same mandatory policies to gun owners? Just wondering.


cyclist
cyclist

@Kyle Hartman sounds more like the guy did it on purpose, and it is murder, not a 'tragic story'. but he will deny it and get away with it treated as an accident

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

@Kyle Hartman Bikes are more pedestrian-oriented than car-oriented, my friend. And, like I asked the other mentally-deficient poster, will you hold bake sales to fund, engineer, and pave the millions of miles of new bike paths you so conveniently suggest?

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

@Patty Leidy Stop signs, for bicyclists, are treated legally as "yield" signs... as long as the intersection is clear, fyi.

wixperiments
wixperiments

@Chris Sheets I drive in Lyons I obey  the 20-25 mph speed limit,wear my seat belt, but constantly have bicyclists whizzing around me at 35-40 mph, makes me scared that I could end up in prison for hitting one or end up in prison for one of them hitting me with no witnesses around...I live in fear of Bicyclists 

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

@Chris Sheets As long as you get off your fat derriere and join us on a bike, you may have a change of heart along with a thinner waistline!

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

@Jay Jurgens ASSHOLE. Maybe you should get off your fat rear and try riding a bike sometime. It may change your chronic usage of ALL CAPS, WHICH IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL!

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Mark Anthony Given I bet you blow through red lights and stop signs when you think it's not convenient to stop, don't you?

opusthepoet
opusthepoet

@Mark Ewell You left out the part that he was driving in the bike lane when he hit the cyclist. That makes a lot of difference

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

@John Larson I think its time you go back to school to get your G.E.D.

snosrfr
snosrfr

@yodownmuthalicka also, you may want to check the facts before you spew your "knowledge", CO state law clearly states that cyclists MUST stop for stop signs.

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