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Head-on bike collision on Denver’s Cherry Creek Trail renews talk about speed and safety

Posted at 3:09 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 17:09:22-04

DENVER — A bicyclist is in critical condition and riders across Denver are talking about safety on the Cherry Creek Trail after a high-speed, head-on crash there Tuesday evening.

Multiple witnesses said that a young woman cyclist crossed the dividing line of the two-way cycling trail, putting her in the path of an oncoming male cyclist at full speed. The man was William Latimer, 55, of Westminster, according to his brother.

The collision was so severe that Latimer had no pulse and wasn’t breathing after the crash, according to a physician assistant who had been riding on the trail and stopped. He regained his pulse and resumed breathing but remained unconscious after CPR was performed by the physician assistant, who declined to be identified, and another civilian.

Latimer, a vice president for NGL Energy Partners, was in critical condition at Denver Health after the crash, brother Walter Latimer told The Denver Post. But the cyclist showed positive signs Wednesday, lifting his arms and legs, Walter Latimer said.

“He’s going to live, at the very least,” he said. William Latimer has been a long-distance rider for decades, his brother said.

The identity and condition of the female cyclist has not been released.

Read the full story in The Denver Post.