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The driver arrested in connection with the death of a cyclist in Lyons has publicly criticized bicyclists, according to the Denver Post. As the Lyons Planning and Community Development Commission held town meetings concerning bike lanes on local streets, Patrick Ward occasionally appeared to make comments about cyclists “disobeying signage and traffic lights” as well as saying that “These people don’t belong in Lyons.” Ward was arrested after a traffic accident in which a cyclist was killed. Police believe that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time, and charged him with vehicular homicide, careless driving resulting in death, and DUI.
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Every year, about 30,000 people are killed in traffic accidents across the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of those fatalities, between 500 and 1000 are bicyclists. While this number is comparatively low, it is certainly far too high for the hundreds of families that are left to mourn the loss of loved ones. It is extremely important for every cyclist to pay close attention to their surroundings and be constantly aware of traffic. On the other hand, it is also vital that every driver be aware of the possibility of cyclists and pedestrians in the area.
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