Cyclist Greg Zolnick Critical After Hit & Run: Have You Seen Car That Struck Him?

On the afternoon of Sunday, February 21, Blackhawk resident Greg Zolnick was enjoying cycling not far from Boulder when his world changed.

Zolnick was struck by a car, and days later, he reportedly remains in critical condition.

Now, the Colorado State Patrol has reached out to the public in the hope of finding the driver who turned Zolnick's bike into a useless, twisted piece of metal and put his life at risk.

This isn't the first health crisis Zolnick has experienced.

As documented in a 2004 article published by the Inclusion Daily Express, Zolnick fell into a coma in August 1998 following an aneurysm.

He subsequently recovered, but in 2000, after his previous employer, Graphic Packaging Corp., refused to let him come back to work under the theory that he wasn't fully recovered, he filed a lawsuit drawing on the Americans With Disabilities Act — and won.

In September 2004, a jury handed Zolnick a cumulative $8.6 million award, including punitive damages, back pay and more.

However, a judge subsequently reduced the amount to around $1 million, because of federal limits on jury awards under such circumstances.

This past Sunday, Zolnick took to the road, and by 1:30 p.m., he had traveled to the area of Highway 36 near Middle Fork Road.

The area is captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."

Around then, the Colorado State Patrol notes, a black Chevrolet Cavalier heading northbound on Highway 36 crossed onto the right shoulder.

There, the Cavalier struck Zolnick.

The CSP believes the car likely has damage to its right front quarter panel and is missing its passenger side mirror.

Its driver on Sunday is believed to be male, although that's uncertain because of tinted windows.

If you have any information about the case, you're encouraged to contact the Colorado State Patrol at 303-239-4501. In the meantime, we send our best thoughts to Greg Zolnick, as well as his friends, family and loved ones.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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