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Gazette Premium Content Driver won't stand trial in fatal bicycle crash

Associated Press Published: January 24, 2014

BOULDER — Doctors have concluded that a Lyons man accused of striking and killing a Boulder cyclist in May while driving drunk is not competent to stand trial.

At a hearing Thursday in Boulder District Court, Deputy District Attorney Catrina Weigel said doctors at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo ruled Patrick Ward is not competent enough for the case to proceed.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/lt2s5k3 ), the case will be re-evaluated in three months.

Ward is accused of striking and killing Boulder cyclist Michel Van Duym while driving drunk and he was charged with vehicular homicide.

Authorities say Ward reportedly complained about cyclists breaking traffic laws and interfering with traffic.

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