Gwen Inglis, reigning cycling national road race champion, killed on a ride by suspected DUI driver

Gwen Inglis, one of Colorado’s foremost cyclists, was struck and killed on a training ride in Lakewood on Sunday morning by a driver who police suspect was intoxicated.

The crash occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday near West Alameda Parkway and South Indiana Street, authorities said.

Lakewood police reported that Inglis, 46, was riding eastbound in West Alameda’s bike lane between South McIntyre Street and South Indiana when the driver of a compact sedan headed eastbound on West Alameda drifted into the bike lane and struck her.

The cyclist, identified by police and the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado as Inglis, was taken to a local hospital, where she died.

Police said the driver, Ryan Scott Montoya, 29, of Denver, remained at the scene. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide involving DUI or DUID and is being held in the Jefferson County jail. Police on Sunday had said Montoya was suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.

Montoya previously has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence and multiple drug-related offenses, court records show.

The Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado, part of USA Cycling, released a statement mourning the loss of Inglis.

“Colorado cycling lost one of their best yesterday,” the organization said. “There are few words that can express the feeling of loss for any of our cycling community, and Gwen was a particularly special person. She was a multiple National and State Champion on the bike and very well known across the cycling community in Colorado. Even more impressive was her character off the bike. Knowing Gwen, you would immediately be aware of her strongest qualities. She consistently brought joy into all her relationships, and she openly accepted everyone.”

Inglis was the reigning road race national champion for women in the 45-49 age group. Her husband, Mike Inglis, is also a standout cyclist. The two won their classifications on the same day in an August 2019 race in Boulder.

“She was a wonderful human being who epitomized everything that is good in sports and humanity, a true advocate of inclusion and the type of person any parent would want their young athlete to look up to,” said Shawn Farrell, executive director of Colorado Cycling.

Inglis was a member of the Black Swift/Cycleton Cycling Team and had recently ridden for the Stages Cycling Team. Her last race was on April 24, when she finished No. 8 in the Pueblo Classic.

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