(Golden, CO – May 21, 2021) District Attorney Alexis King announced that charges have been filed in the death of cyclist Gwen Inglis of Lakewood on May 16, 2021.
District Attorney King charged Ryan Scott Montoya (DOB 8/9/91) with multiple crimes, including Vehicular Homicide – DUI (F3), Vehicular Homicide – Reckless Driving (F4), Infliction of Serious Bodily Injury to a Vulnerable Road User (T1), Driving Under the Influence – Second Alcohol Related Offense (M), Careless Driving (T1), Improper Changing of Lanes (TIA), Passing on the Left Improperly (TIA), and Bicyclist or Other Authorized User in Bicycle Lane (TIA). Mr. Montoya appeared in Jefferson County Court this morning and was advised of his charges. Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Domingues will prosecute the case.
On Sunday, May 16, 2021, just after 10:00 a.m., Lakewood Police Department Agents were dispatched to W. Alameda Pkwy and S. Indiana St. on a report that a driver hit a cyclist with his car. The cyclist was later identified as forty-six-year-old Gwen Inglis of Lakewood.
Gwen and Michael Inglis were riding their bicycles eastbound on Alameda Pkwy in the bicycle lane, which was clearly marked by a solid white line on the roadway. It was reported that just prior to hitting the victim, the vehicle driven by Mr. Montoya came close to hitting Michael, who was riding about 100 meters behind his wife. Witnesses reporting observing Mr. Montoya drift out of his marked lane, into the bicycle lane, hitting Gwen Inglis. The impact immediately threw the victim from her bicycle. Gwen Inglis was transported emergent to St. Anthony’s Hospital where she later died from her injuries.
The driver of the 2006 Nissan Maxima, identified as Ryan Scott Montoya, 29, remained on scene and had no injuries. Officers reported Montoya exhibited signs of impairment, and he was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.
Prosecutors noted Montoya has a criminal record, to include a lengthy driving record with one prior DUI in 2014. The charges are merely legal allegations, and Mr. Montoya is presumed innocent of the charges against him unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
District Attorney Alexis King stated, “The health and safety of those who share our roadways is of paramount importance to our mission to protect public safety. I have every confidence in Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Domingues, a highly experienced member of our leadership team, to effectively and ethically prosecute this case in the interest of all who live, work, and visit our community and to ensure fairness, dignity, and respect for Ms. Inglis’s family and loved ones in this process.”
Mr. Montoya is being held on $50,000 cash or surety bond at the Jefferson County jail. The case is next set for preliminary hearing on June 15, 2021.
The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual has committed committed a crime under Colorado law. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.