A driver hit and killed a bike rider in River North after the cyclist ran a red light

The 31-year-old is the third person to die on a bike in Denver this year.
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The “ghost bike” Madison Hendrickson and Brad Evans painted in honor of Hendrickson’s father, Scott, who was killed while riding his bike. Taxi campus, July 30, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A motorist collided with a person riding a bike at 38th Street and Brighton Boulevard late Monday night, killing the man who police said ran a red light.

The victim, who has yet to be identified publicly by the coroner, was biking westbound on 38th in a general traffic lane with no bike infrastructure at 10:22 p.m., according to Denver Police Department spokesman Doug Schepman. A driver of a BMW sedan heading north struck the 31-year-old, who was taken to the hospital where he later died.

So far the investigation is based on witness accounts, Schepman said. The driver faces no charges. DPD said the driver wasn't speeding. That finding is based to witness statements, not an onboard computer or speed radar.

Speed is typically the deciding factor in traffic deaths, according to Denver's Vision Zero Action Plan, a document aimed at ending road deaths citywide.

Monday night's crash marks the third time a person has been killed on Denver streets this year while riding a bike. Six bicyclists were killed last year.

This article was updated.

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