Driver charged with 5 crimes in crash that killed Boulder cyclist Michel Van Duym

Charges include vehicular homicide

BOULDER, Colo. - The driver in a crash that killed Boulder cyclist Michel Van Duym has been charged with five crimes.

Lyons resident Patrick Ward was arrested after police say he struck and killed Van Duym while driving drunk.

Ward was charged Thursday with two counts of vehicular homicide, two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, and prohibited use of a weapon. Ward allegedly had a firearm in his possession while under the influence of alcohol, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

Lyons resident Patrick Ward reportedly complained about cyclists breaking traffic laws and impeding traffic, according to the newspaper.

"These people don't belong in Lyons. They certainly don't belong in the foothills around Lyons," Ward told commissioners, according to the Lyons Recorder.

Ward's attorney, Larry Mertes, told the Camera on Wednesday that Ward's prior remarks about cyclists is "new information," but added, "It has nothing to do with the tragic accident that is still being investigated by law enforcement and by my office."

Ward is accused of hitting Van Duym on Saturday while driving on the wrong side of the road, possibly while turning.

Ward's preliminary hearing was set for June 6, according to the Daily Camera.

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