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Cycling champion killed in Lakewood by driver suspected of being intoxicated

Gwen Inglis was hit Sunday morning near Denver while riding by a car that drifted into the bike lane

Gwen Inglis (USA Cycling handout)

LAKEWOOD — Gwen Inglis, one of Colorado’s foremost cyclists and a national racing champion, was struck and killed on a training ride by a driver suspected of being intoxicated.

Inglis was hit Sunday morning near Denver while riding by a car that drifted into the bike lane, the Denver Post reported. She was taken to a hospital, where she died.

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The Lakewood Police Department said officers arrested the driver on suspicion of vehicular homicide involving driving under the influence of drugs. The 29-year-old driver was booked into jail on multiple drug-related charges.

Inglis was the road race national champion for women in the 45-49 age group. Her husband, Mike Inglis, is also a renowned cyclist.

“Colorado cycling lost one of their best yesterday,” said the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado in a statement. “Even more impressive was her character off the bike. Knowing Gwen, you would immediately be aware of her strongest qualities. She consistently brought joy into all her relationships, and she openly accepted everyone.”

USA Cycling echoed the sentiment.

“We are saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Gwen Inglis,” the organization tweeted. “We are sending our thoughts to Gwen’s family during this difficult time.”

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