Cyclist fatally hit by vehicle during Boulder Ironman

BOULDER, Colo. -- A 34-year-old competitor in the Boulder Ironman triathlon was hit by a vehicle while riding a bicycle and later died Sunday morning.

It happened just before 10 a.m. at U.S. 36 just north of Broadway.

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of one of our athletes at Ironman Boulder. We are working with the Colorado State Patrol to gather all of the details regarding the incident that occurred on State Highway 36 just north of Broadway. Our condolences go out to the athlete’s family and friends, whom we will continue to support,” a statement from the Ironman event organizers said.

The victim, 34-year-old Michelle Walters of McCook, Neb., was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

The Colorado State Patrol said alcohol and speed did not appear to be factors in the crash. No other information about the circumstances of the crash have been released.

The driver stayed at the scene to help in the investigation. Northbound U.S. 36 was closed during the investigation. It reopened around 2 p.m.

This is the second death associated with the Ironman Boulder event in two years. A competitor died three days after the competition in 2015.