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by Mark Zalewski
August 10, 2016
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Investigators looking into the death of a triathlete after a collision with a vehicle during the cycling portion of the Ironman Boulder in Colorado believe the incident occurred when the athlete swerved out of the marked lane and into traffic. Michelle Walters, 34, was competing in her first triathlon and was struck 30 miles into the 112-mile cycling portion of the race, on Highway 36.
“Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the person just left the lane and jumped into the path of the truck,” said Colorado State Trooper Nate Reid.
Reid said the driver of the truck, Tim Lacey, 55, stopped at the scene and was not speeding or drinking, and will most likely will not be charged in the collision.
“That was a difficult intersection but it was clearly marked,” said fellow competitor Ellen Hart, who has competed in more than 100 events and saw Walters’ bicycle after the collision. “All of us triathletes are heartbroken.”
There were 1,700 total participants for the event.
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