Elderly driver dies after killing teen on bicycle in crash in Denver

Posted at 8:29 AM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 14:06:44-04

The elderly woman who struck two teenage boys in a bike lane July 13 killing one of them has died, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office.

Police said Livingston made a wide turn from Colorado Boulevard onto westbound Yale Avenue, and failed to stay in her lane on July 13.

Officers said as she rounded a nearby curve near South Madison Street, she crossed into the bike lane, struck two teenagers and continued driving for five blocks before plowing through a creek in McWilliams Park.

One of the boys, 14-year old Cole Sukle, was critically injured.  He died the following day.

The other victim, 13-year old Jack Mahoney suffered minor injuries.  A third teen, Asher Goerdt, 14, was not hit.

“He just said she was going fast,” said Goerdt’s father, Kenny. “They were on their way to Slavens (Elementary School.) He was on the sidewalk.  His friend, Jack, was riding back on the curb and Cole was a little bit behind them in the bike lane.”

Goerdt said it was obvious that Livingston “shouldn’t have been driving.”

Matt Boyles told Denver7 he was in a pickup truck hit by Livingston nine months ago. Boyles said he followed the suspect and called police.

"While we were on the phone with Denver non-emergency, and we're following her, we saw her nearly hit a jogger and runner, as well as veer into oncoming traffic," he said, "so we decided it was probably best that she not be driving."

But Livingston was not arrested for that accident. Police say there was no independent witness and that the other driver "didn't want to press charges because the suspect was an elderly female."

The police report for the earlier accident indicates that a family member told investigators that they were taking steps to hire a driver for Livingston, "so this will not be an issue in the future."

It's not known whether that driver was ever hired.


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