Cycling groups say the roadway is the source of an ongoing feud between bike riders and drivers.
Jen Barnhart and her cycling team headed out on the road around 6 a.m. Sunday, July 3rd, hoping to avoid the heat and drivers, when all of them got flat tires.
"That's where we started seeing tacks by the hundreds," she said.
They removed multiple gold thumb tacks from their wheels and spend an hour cleaning up more from the road so no one would get hurt.
While investigating the story, 9NEWS found a piece of the 100-count packaging the tacks came in.
"The label that you guys discovered at 9NEWS when you were out covering the story, was greatly beneficial to us," said Mark Techmeyer, spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
The small piece of green and white paper lead investigators to a JeffCo King Soopers grocery store.
"Well, they were in the King Soopers the night before and purchased a large number of thumb tacks. So, coincidence? Maybe. But perhaps not, so we'd like to clarify that," said Techmeyer.
It's not clear exactly what this man in the dark baseball cap has in his hands in the photograph, but officials are calling him a person-of-interest they'd like to speak with. They're asking for the public's help to identify him.
Anyone with information or who may have gotten a flat tire from this case is asked to call the JeffCo Sheriff's Office at 303-271-0211...
You might be able to help with preventing future tacks being thrown on roads--but Jefferson County Sheriffs need help--your help. They want to open an investigation but so far no "victims" have come forth. If you or someone you know was on Deer Creek Canyon last week and flatted (hopefully not crashed) due to the tacks being thrown on the road it's imperative you call the Sheriff's office at 303-277-0211 and refer to case 16-16683.
The list so far includes:
Hurricane Hill – between Hwy 119 and Ridge Rd.
St. Anton Summer Access Road – between Hwy 119 and Ridge Rd
Sugarloaf Rd – between Switzerland Trail and Peak to Peak Hwy
Peak to Peak Hwy between Sugarloaf and Ridge Road
Silver Point to Peak to Peak Highway
Cold Springs Road – between Hwy 119 and Ridge Rd.
Thunder Ridge South Road
Shady Hollow Road
Switzerland Park Upham Gulch
It didn't take long to see why as thumb tacks by the dozens were spread along a section of Deer Creek Canyon Road, west of Chatfield State Park.
Bob Keller is an avid cyclist and often rides Deer Creek Canyon Road with his son Robby and friend Michael Mendik. He knew early on that Sunday's ride was going to be a little dangerous.
Four of Keller's friends warned him they all got flat tires.
Thumb tacks littered the road and shoulder. There were 49 in just one section alone and nearby, a piece of the 100-count pack they came in.
“They’re all shiny and new and it’s an absolute shame," Keller said.
Dave Evans, founder of the cycling advocacy group Bike JeffCo, said this is not a new occurrence.
“We hear about one of these every two or three years. Nobody’s ever been caught because obviously it’s very difficult to find the person but these do happen and obviously tacks are the Achilles heel of a bicycles tires," Evans said.
Bike JeffCo works to be the voice of road cyclists and increase safety. One of the big issues they deal with is what they call an ongoing feud between cyclists, drivers, motorcycle riders and residents along the narrow road.
“Not all cyclists abide by the rules but that’s not a way of proving a point," Keller said.
Cyclist Jen Barnhart and three other riders found 15 tacks in their tires early Sunday morning and couldn't finish their ride. Barnhart said one cyclist had to ride down the hill and bring a vehicle to pick up the rest of the group.
Keller avoided a flat this time and hopes everyone can learn to share the road.
“A lot of other ways of getting your point across than doing something like that," he said.
The Bike JeffCo founder told 9NEWS he went back up the road Sunday evening and found another 40 tacks. The group will discuss the situation at their next meeting on Aug. 9.
“When we hear things like this it kind of leaves a nasty taste in your mouth,” Evans said.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is aware of the tacks. There's no word on any suspects at this point.
The 24-year-old woman accused of hitting and killing a Boulder cyclist has been charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.
Callie Kuhasz was formally charged Wednesday at the Boulder County Jail in relation to the hit-and-run crash that killed William Davis, 35, of Boulder.
She was also charged with DUI-second alcohol offense and weaving.
Vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death are both Class 3 felonies that carry presumptive prison sentences of four to 12 years, though it could be as little as two or as many as 24 if a judge were to find mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett also said that if convicted, Kuhasz could end up serving the two felony sentences consecutively, since the allegations of the crash and leaving the scene are two separate fact patterns.
“Both are very serious felony charges, and we will process the case carefully to reach a just conclusion,” Garnett said.
Kuhasz — who remains in custody on $200,000 bond— was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 21.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, Kuhasz was driving a 2015 Dodge Durango at 5:15 p.m. Saturday when she entered the bicycle lane on Jay Road near 30th Street and collided with Davis, who was riding his bicycle.
Kuhasz left the scene, but a witness saw the damage to her vehicle and called police. The witness told police she saw Kuhasz “hysterically laughing,” though Kuhasz’ attorney Thomas Braham later told the Camera she was “freaking out,” and not laughing.
According to an affidavit, when police found Kuhasz, she refused to perform roadside maneuvers and told police they would arrest her anyway because of her criminal history.
Officers noted a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and found a 30-pack of Busch Light beer in the car containing only five unopened beers.
Kuhasz is still on probation for driving while ability impaired in Boulder in March and also had two other prior alcohol-related arr ests— one for DUI and one for public intoxication.
One case that some have pointed to as being somewhat similar to Kuhasz’s was the arrest of Lisa Norton in 2011. Norton was charged with murder after she caused a crash while driving drunk and then caused a second fatal crash while fleeing from the first scene.
But Garnett said there were several differences in the two cases. He said Norton was consciously fleeing from a crash when she got into the fatal crash, and she also had a more aggravated criminal history.
This is a tribute to my friend Bill Davis. Bill was tragically taken from us too soon. My hope is that this video helps those who loved him to grieve and remember him for the great man that he was, and for those who did not know him to get a glimpse of how great of a father, husband, and friend that he was. We miss you Bill. See you on the other side, brother.
UPDATE Brianne Davis' shares how she learned of accident, and says of Bill's passion for cycling: "It kills me that that's what ended him."
UPDATE 6/27/16 The Boulder Daily Camera reports, "Police officers said they found a 30-pack of beer with only five cans left unopened in the car of the driver suspected of hitting and killing a cyclist in Boulder County over the weekend, who one witness said was also "hysterically laughing" after the crash..."
The driver suspected of hitting Davis has been identified by the State Patrol as 24-year-old Callie Kuhasz of Boulder. According to a Daily Camera report, Kuhasz crossed into the bike lane and hit Davis.
Kuhasz was arrested in Boulder near 11th and Spruce streets after the fatal collision.
She was booked on suspicion of vehicular homicide DUI and hit-and-run involving death, both felonies, as well as driving under the influence, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records.
On May 11, Kuhasz pleaded guilty in Boulder to driving while ability impaired, according to court records. She was put on 12 months of probation, ordered to serve 24 hours of community service and was levied $697 in fines and court costs.
In April 2015, Kuhasz pleaded guilty in Boulder to careless driving resulting in injury. Part of the careless-driving sentence, according to court records, included a $300 traffic fine with total costs of $526.
Kuhasz was arrested in Texas in December of 2013 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter.
Bill was an extraordinary person by every definition of the word. His enthusiasm, generosity, and insistence on putting others first will never be forgotten. He was tragically taken from us while returning from a bike ride with friends in North Boulder on June 25, 2016. He leaves behind his wife of 12 years, Brianne, and his three children Blake, age 9, Landon, 6, and Owen, 3. He will also be missed by his parents Joe and Brenda, sister Kelly, and brother Todd.
It is with great sadness that we post another article about the death of a cyclist in Colorado.
Facebook friends say I believe Bill raced on RallySport team out of Boulder. He had a wife and young kids. Sad loss.
In addition, we learned that the cyclist involved in last weeks accident in Longmont, has also passed away.
We remind everyone to continue to be mindful, present observant while out on the roads this summer season.
Our condolences to these families.
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Cyclist killed in hit and run crash at 30th and Jay Road in Boulder County
By John Bear, Boulder Daily Camera
A Boulder man was hit and killed on Saturday afternoon as he rode his bicycle westbound on Jay Road near 30th Street in a possibly alcohol-related hit and run crash.
Colorado State Trooper Alisha Danko said that 35-year-old William B. Davis was fatally injured when a 2015 Dodge Durango entered the bicycle lane he was riding in at about 5:15 p.m. His crumpled bicycle remained in the bicycle lane as police investigated on Saturday evening.
Danko said the driver of the Durango, who has been identified as 24-year-old Callie Kuhasz, of Boulder, left the scene but was located near 11th and Spruce in Boulder and taken into custody.
She said Kuhasz was being held at Boulder County Jail, but she did not have any information on what charges Kuhasz faces, but added that alcohol and speed are being considered as factors.
Police shut down Jay Road in between 28th street and 30th Street for several hours as they investigated.
Danko said that Davis was riding with another person at the time of the crash. Shortly after the crash, a man wearing cycling clothes could be seen sitting down at the scene, but it was not known if he was the second cyclist.
Saturday's crash marks the third cyclist fatality in Boulder County since May. On May 20, 8-year-old Peyton Knowlton died after being struck at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Alpine Street in Longmont. On Tuesday, 46-year-old Shane Swope was struck near 17th Avenue and Gay Street, also in Longmont, and died the next day.
The drivers in both cases remained on scene, and Longmont police continue to investigate both cases.
As the clock ticked past an hour straight of climbing above Boulder on Saturday morning, I chuckled about the fact that, in more than a decade of living and biking in Colorado, I had somehow never ridden the iconic climb I was suffering on now. Or the fast, flowing canyon descent that followed. Or the gravel rollers that came after that, dry and scorching in the midday sun.
On Saturday, 303Cycling was invited to join a small contingent of other cycling media and some of the who’s who of Colorado cycling for Stage 1 of the preview ride, in preparation for the recently announced Haute Route Rockies that will come to Colorado in June 2017. And with it, our very own backyard will join the Alps, Pyrenees, and Dolomites in this prestigious series of some of the world’s greatest cycling routes.
“This is as high as I’ve ever been on a bike,” said a woman from London, barely halfway up the first ascent. It would only get higher from there.
Stage 1 of the test ride tallied some 7,000 feet of climbing. Sunday’s stage offered almost twice that. And there are five days left.
The rest of the route, which organizers are keeping close to the vest until it’s finalized for 2017, will take the long, high roads further up and around the Rockies, ultimately finishing in Colorado Springs. Seven stages, 550 miles, and more than 50,000 feet of climbing.
What is familiar terrain for local Colorado cyclists who tackle it on lunch rides and weekend outings will be a lung- and leg-busting experience for those new to these roads. And for locals, Haute Route Rockies will offer a unique way to experience some home turf, with pro-level support.
Haute Route events are aimed at providing amateur cyclists with a high-end experience and a level of support to match, with iconic, challenging routes in the cyclosportive tradition.
On Saturday, our contingent of a few dozen cyclists was backed by full mechanical support from Mavic, medical teams, and well-stocked aid stations. There were even rumored to be some magical, Nutella-based Skratch Labs cookies being handed out, though I never was able to track down the mystery musette bag with the remaining goodies.
When Haute Route Rockies arrives in 2017, participants - limited to 600 riders - will enjoy this type of support and more, with timed sections of the course, race villages at each finish, daily massages, point-to-point luggage transfers, and film crews to document the adventure.
On Saturday, the ride finished with some welcome shade in the park next to the Boulder Farmer’s Market, where burrito bowls and tacos and Thai iced tea welcomed riders in salt-stained kits. Smiles and stories of the day were shared amongst strangers and old friends alike, as thoughts turned to rest and recovery - an intimate preview for what’s to come this week, and more so for what’s to come next year.