Mourners, teammates and friends gathered in Green Mountain, May 18, to grieve, share memories and pay tribute to cyclist Gwen Inglis, who was killed two days earlier in a collision with an …
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Mourners, teammates and friends gathered in Green Mountain, May 18, to grieve, share memories and pay tribute to cyclist Gwen Inglis, who was killed two days earlier in a collision with an automobile.
A white “ghost bike” placed near the spot of the accident was quickly surrounded by bouquets of fresh cut flowers and messages of love.
Stories were told and tears were shed under an ominous, gray sky fitting to the occasion.
Inglis was the defending 45-49 road race national champion.
Inglis’ husband and fellow competitive cyclist, Michael Inglis, spoke of her with a smile. He had ridden to the memorial on the tandem bike he and his wife had shared.
“I can’t describe what our family and friends are going through right now,” he said. “She had that sparkle and zest for life that everyone looks for in a spouse.”
Selfless, amazing, giving and loving are just a few of the words he used to describe the wife he’d lost less than 48 hours before.
Attorney, Megan Hottman, who helped organize the event, choked back tears as she explained the significance of the ghost bike.
“It’s a visual reminder to all who pass by that a beautiful life was lost here,” she said. “She was so loved. We’ve never had a gathering this size. The community’s depth of love for her is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”
Fellow racer, Kristie Arend, said Inglis was the fiercest and kindest racer she’s ever known.
“There was nothing more comforting than being in a race with Gwen,” she said. “You knew that you were goig to go hard and you knew that she was just a nice person at the end of it all — after she destroyed you.”
Ryan Scott Montoya, the driver of the vehicle that struck Inglis, is currently being held at the Jefferson County Jail on charges, including suspicion of Vehicular Homicide involving DUI or DUID.
Police say Montoya’s car drifted into the bike lane and collided with Inglis as she was riding eastbound on West Alameda parkway.
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