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National cycling champion Gwen Inglis killed by suspected intoxicated driver

National cycling champion, 46, dies after being struck by a driver ‘under the influence of drugs’ while out biking with her husband in Colorado

  • Gwen Inglis, 46, was killed in the crash on Sunday in Lakewood, Colorado
  • She was the reigning road race national champion for the 45-49 age group
  • Police say suspected intoxicated driver sideswiped her in bike lane at 10am
  • Ryan Scott Montoya, 29, was arrested and charged with DUI vehicular homicide

A national cycling champ has been killed by a suspected drunk driver while she was out enjoying a morning bike ride with her husband. 

Gwen Inglis, 46, was killed in the crash on Sunday in Lakewood, Colorado after police said an intoxicated motorist drifted into the bike lane and struck her at around 10am.

Inglis was the reigning road race national champion for the 45-49 age group, and police sources told KCNC-TV her husband was riding behind her at the time of the crash.

Suspect Ryan Scott Montoya, 29, was arrested at the scene and charged with vehicular homicide involving driving under the influence. Police say they believe he was on drugs at the time of the crash. 

Masters Road Race national champ Gwen Inglis, 46, was killed in the crash on Sunday in Lakewood, Colorado after police said an intoxicated motorist struck her on a training ride

Inglis was biking with her husband Mike when she was struck and killed, police say

Inglis was biking with her husband Mike when she was struck and killed, police say

Suspect Ryan Scott Montoya, 29, was arrested at the scene and charged with vehicular homicide involving driving under the influence

Suspect Ryan Scott Montoya, 29, was arrested at the scene and charged with vehicular homicide involving driving under the influence

USA Cycling said in a statement: ‘We are saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Gwen Inglis. The Masters Road Race National Champion was hit by a driver on her training ride Sunday morning and later passed away at the hospital. 

‘We are sending our thoughts to Gwen’s family during this difficult time,’ the group added.

‘Colorado cycling lost one of their best yesterday,’ the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado, part of USA Cycling, said in a statement.

‘There are few words that can express the feeling of loss for any of our cycling community, and Gwen was a particularly special person,’ the group added.

‘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,’ the statement said.

Inglis was the reigning road race national champion for the 45-49 age group. She is seen above at the inaugural Women's USA Pro Challenge time trial race August 21, 2015

Inglis was the reigning road race national champion for the 45-49 age group. She is seen above at the inaugural Women’s USA Pro Challenge time trial race August 21, 2015

Gwen Inglis makes her way along a road during the women's time trial for the 2018 Colorado Classic cycling race in Vail, Colorado

Gwen Inglis makes her way along a road during the women’s time trial for the 2018 Colorado Classic cycling race in Vail, Colorado

‘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 a member of the Black Swift/Cycleton Cycling Team and had recently ridden for the Stages Cycling Team. 

Her final race was on April 24, when she finished No. 8 in the Pueblo Classic. Her husband Mike Inglis, 56, is also a standout cyclist.

Montoya is being held in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. He is charged with DUI, operating an uninsured vehicle, and vehicular homicide involving DUI.

It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney to speak on his behalf. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Friday. 

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