Distracted Driver Causes Deadly Bicycle Accident in Longmont, Kills 8-Year-Old Girl

Distracted Driver Causes Deadly Bicycle Accident in Longmont, Kills 8-Year-Old Girl

Distracted Driver Causes Deadly Bicycle Accident in Longmont, Kills 8-Year-Old Girl

On the heels of a fatal bike crash in Weld County, another life has been tragically taken in a deadly bicycle accident – with the latest victim being an 8-year-old girl.

According to Longmont investigators, this fatal crash took place just after 3:20pm on Friday, May 20th as the young victim, who was riding alongside her father after school, approached an intersection. Although the riders reportedly had a green light to cross the street, a 20-year-old motorist in a pickup truck proceeded to make a right on red, striking the young girl.

As the police report explains, the pickup truck driver was distracted by oncoming traffic and failed to check the crosswalk before making the turn. He did remain at the accident scene and has reportedly been cooperative with the investigation.

Although emergency responders attempted to revive the girl via CPR, she ultimately passed away after being transported to Longmont United Hospital.

Criminal charges have not been filed against the truck driver, but they remain a possibility, as investigators continue to look into:

  • Whether alcohol and/or drug impairment was a factor – Blood test results for the pickup truck driver are still pending.
  • The intersection light sequencing
  • Witness accounts related to this deadly crash.

As more news about this pending investigation becomes available, we’ll report the latest findings to you here, in an upcoming blog.

Deadly Bicycle Accidents Happen Far Too Often: The Facts about Fatal Bike Crashes

As the investigation into this fatal crash continues and the public waits for answers, taking a look at the statistics regarding fatal bicycle accidents across the nation highlights just how often people riding bikes are killed in traffic crashes.

According to some of the latest numbers1 for these accidents:

  • At least two people in the U.S. are killed every day in a bicycle accident.
  • More than 2 in every 3 deadly bicycle accidents occur in urban areas, where traffic conditions tend to be more complicated.
  • More than 1 out of every 3 fatal bike crashes takes place at an intersection.
  • At least 56 percent of all deadly bicycle accidents occur between 3 pm and 9 pm.
  • Children younger than 15 comprise about 7 percent of all bicycle riders killed in crashes.

These findings reveal what, perhaps, victims’ families are all too aware of – fatal bicycle accidents occur far too often on U.S. roads, and the loss of even one life to a deadly crash is one loss to many.

Recovering from Bicycle Accidents: Contact Englewood Lawyer D.J. Banovitz

If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident – or if you have lost a loved one in any type of traffic collision, contact Englewood Lawyer D.J. Banovitz to find out more about your options for justice and recovery. Since 1994, Attorney D.J. Banovitz has been dedicated to providing injured people and families with effective legal advocacy and personal service as he helps them secure the compensation – and justice – they deserve.

To discuss your potential case and options for justice, contact Attorney D.J. Banovitz by calling (303) 300-5060 or by sending our firm an email via the contact form on this page.

From offices based in Englewood, Colorado, Attorney D.J. Banovitz provides the highest quality representation to injured people throughout Arapahoe County, Denver County, Douglas County and the state of Colorado.


1: According to data compiled and published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

D.J. Banovitz’ career has always concentrated on trial practice and he has litigated hundreds of cases. His passion and sole career focus has been to seek justice for people suffering from personal injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence. The hallmark of the Law Office of D.J. Banovitz, is the total commitment to professionalism, quality, and personalized care of your injury case. D.J. has dedicated his professional life to helping those most in need and is a proud and active member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. His experience includes volunteering for Colorado Rural Legal Services in Montrose, the Colorado Aids Project, consumer law, family law, criminal defense, and Alternative Defense Counsel for juveniles in Denver.