State Patrol Has 4-Month Backlog On Accidents

Still No Charges In Fatal Bike Accident In Lefthand Canyon

The Colorado State Patrol said it has a four-month backlog investigating serious accidents in the Boulder district.

Spokeswoman Heather Cobler told the Boulder Daily Camera that there are 23 accident investigations still pending in which someone was killed or seriously injured.

Cobler said some of the cases date back to June because the department sets priorities based on complexity and the seriousness of the charges.

The district includes Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson, Summit and Clear Creek counties.

The newspaper had been asking about the latest in the investigation of a 73-year-old cyclist struck and killed by a dump truck in Lefthand Canyon on June 17.

According to the initial police report, Christopher G. Loven was driving a dump truck hauling a trailer with construction equipment west on Lefthand Canyon Drive when he turned left to go south on Olde Stage Road. The cyclist, Eugene Howrey, was heading east on Lefthand Canyon.

Howrey swerved to the right to try to avoid the truck, but the right side of the truck struck the left side of the bicycle, throwing him about 36 feet, state troopers said.

At the time, a state patrol corporal said it appeared that Loven, who had a history of confrontations with cyclists, was at fault because he failed to yield the right-of-way. But there still hasn't been a formal finding of fault or decision about tickets or charges.

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