Boulder Sheriff’s Office Decides No Charges In Richie Cunningham Accident

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  • Published Jul 16, 2013
  • Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM UTC

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office announced there will not be any charges pressed against the driver in an accident that injured Boulder triathlete Richie Cunningham, saying an investigation revealed the driver stopped to avoid another car and not because of road rage, according to officials.

But Cunningham said he still maintains that the driver—Shepherd Wolfe—was not trying to avoid another car and was acting out of anger.

“There was a car in front of him but it wasn’t close,” Cunningham said. “The driver was just using that as an excuse, as his way out of getting charged.”

According to investigators, Cunningham and three other professional triathletes—Ben Hoffman, Patrick Evoe and Joe Gambles—were riding north in the 15400 block of 83rd Street Thursday on July 4 at around 9 a.m.

As the riders approached a downhill turn, a truck driven by Wolfe, 46, of Fort Collins, passed the cyclists while honking. Cunningham and the cyclists then said Wolfe stopped his truck in front of them, causing Cunningham to brake and flip over his handlebars.

Cunningham—who suffered injuries to his elbow, shoulder and back—told investigators he thought Wolf stopped out of road rage.

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