Fort Collins police investigate bicycle collision at Horsetooth and Shields

Julia Trowbridge

A bicycle collision on Horsetooth Road and Shields Street left the intersection closed for four hours as Fort Collins Police investigated the crash, according to an FCPS press release.


FCPS received a report of a truck versus bicycle collision at the intersection, involving injuries at 3:09pm Sept. 21. 

The bicyclist, a 16-year-old female, was heading southbound on Shields Street in the northbound lane. The truck was waiting to turn onto northbound Sheilds Street from westbound Horsetooth Road. As the truck started to turn right, the bicyclist swerved into the right lane and collided with the truck.

The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Poudre Valley Hospital due to moderate sustained injuries. The truck driver, Donald Rishell, was not injured. Police suspect Rishel may have been under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.

An investigation is currently in progress and charges are pending.

Anyone knows more information about the collision, who has not spoken to the police already, are encouraged to reach out to Officer Drew Jurkofsky at 970-416-2224.

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