Photos: Ernesto Wiedenbrug, cyclist, killed in hit and run, no suspects yet

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Earlier today, we told you about the death of a Jefferson County deputy after his motorcycle was struck by Kenneth Hosch, age 83. And another weekend incident further underscores the vulnerability of two-wheeled vehicles on roadways.

On Saturday, cyclist Ernesto Wiedenbrug, 46, was killed in a hit-and-run incident near Windsor, and the Colorado State Patrol says it needs the help of the public to bring justice to the person who caused his death.

A Fort Collins resident originally from Argentina, Wiedenbrug's LinkedIn profile identifies him as the technology manager for eta Scientific Inc., whose website describes the firm as "a Colorado, USA start-up company founded to provide products and services to the industrial electric motor industry that assist manufacturers, service providers and end users in achieving higher levels of efficiency, reliability and quality. The company is currently engaged in the development of proprietary technologies that will enable breakthrough capabilities for industrial motor efficiency testing and management. Our target customers are motor repair facilities, motor manufacturers and large end-users."

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A photo from Wiedenbrug's Facebook page.
Wiedenbrug, whose LinkedIn credits also list him as a past visiting professor at Korea University and industry advisory board member at Colorado State University, has a number of patents under his name according to FreshPatents.com -- among them one entitled "Portable system for immotive multiphasic motive force electrical machine testing."

His loss has shaken to his family, friends and loved ones. His sister in law in Argentina notes in a Facebook post that that "we are destroyed," adding, "We need your prayers." She asks those who knew him to celebrate his life.

As for the manner in which that life ended, Sergeant Mike Baker, public information officer for the Colorado State Patrol, says troopers responded at 5:44 p.m. Saturday, January 25, "on the western frontage road of I-25 just south of Kechter Street.

"The cyclist was traveling northbound on the frontage road when another vehicle also traveling northbound struck Ernesto," he goes on. Although Wiedenbrug was wearing a helmet, the injuries he suffered proved fatal. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

At this point, the CSP is on the lookout for what Baker describes as "a silver passenger vehicle with possible damage on the front right and maybe the right side of the windshield." Given the vagueness of the description (investigators don't know if it was a car, truck or SUV), Baker and company are hoping a person in the vicinity at the time of the crash saw something. If so, they're encouraged to contact Trooper Ben Simpson at 303-239-4501.

Meanwhile, Baker cites the death of the Jeffco trooper as well as the accident that killed Wiedenburg when offering a reminder to motorists. "Even during the winter months, the weather can be unseasonably warm," he points out -- and indeed, the conditions at the time of both incidents were far from bitter or stormy. "So we need to watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists. In Colorado, you should expect to see those vehicles at all times of the year."

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive: "Video: Kenneth Hosch, 83, behind wheel in crash that killed Jefferson County deputy."

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Mary Ella
Mary Ella

How awful :( Yes... You don't expect to see them in the winter

Monique Nelson
Monique Nelson

cyclist really think they are carsand most dont obey or respect the rules of the road. if u are in the st law says you have to keep up with flow of traffic , use hand signals, and ride single file as a few basics i see very few cyclist doing any of this. bike lanes are fine but they run redlights and stops signs on a regular. cyclist need to realize they are in fact not cars and take some responsibility for them selves....

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

The messed up part of hit and runs is...you don't know if the motorist may have stuck around could he have lived. That 10 minutes could be the difference between a long hospital stay and a tradgedy like this. Sad...hope they catch him

Candice Clark
Candice Clark

Very sad news. Everyone needs to pay attention ....all of the time!

fognl7
fognl7

Monique, cyclists who can't keep up with traffic are required to ride in the right lane, allowing vehicles to pass if they feel it is safe: http://colobikelaw.com/law.php

We don't know that Ernesto Wiedenbrug was or wasn't riding lawfully when he was hit by a car.

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