Keep Westword Free

DA decides no road rage in Cunningham case, but plenty of cyclist rage in Colorado Springs

Road rage is all the rage these days. Last Friday, the Boulder District Attorney revealed that no charges will be filed against Shepherd Wolfe, the driver who was involved in a July 4 accident that injured Australian triathlete Richie Cunningham. Initially, reports had said that Wolf had passed several cyclists, then come to a sudden stop at the bottom of a hill, causing Cunningham to brake hard and flip over his handlebars. Cunningham and three other cyclists felt the incident was the result of road rage, but Wolfe denied that, insisting he gave proper warning that he was passing the cyclists. And the Boulder County DA's office could find no probable cause that he'd commited a crime.

But there's plenty of rage to go around.

Yesterday, we posted a video that Mark Ewell had taken on Saturday, when he encountered a "cyclist pack" blocking traffic on Marksheffel Road outside of Colorado Springs, then posted on Facebook.

That video has been taken off Facebook -- and so it's disappeared from our original post -- and Ewell has posted an apology, but the comments keep coming. Some people think we should have turned Ewell over to authorities. Others think the cyclists should be spanked.

And then there's this from Anthony B Garcia:

The driver is kind of a dick, but the riders seem to be just a bunch of elitist assholes! They are breaking the law! His dickhead-crossing-a-solid-line trick was not too smart.

Can cyclists and drivers ever get along? Or will road rage cases continue to rage? And do you think we should have called the cops on the driver who made the video?

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.