Well-known Boulder runner Terence Doherty was critically injured when he was hit by a car while riding his bike Sunday.
Doherty, who goes by T.J., is on life support at Boulder Community Hospital, his friends said. He is not expected to survive.
More than 100 runners took part in a Monday night run organized by Fleet Feet, following the first route Doherty took when he arrived in Boulder from Ohio about seven years ago.
“He’s an amazing person,” said friend Jayson Swigart. “He was very friendly and willing to help anybody. He was one of the most charismatic people I’ve ever known. He could bring a room of people together.”
The State Patrol didn’t release the victim’s name in the accident, but friends identified him as Doherty, 32.
Trooper Nate Reid said the cyclist was riding about 5 p.m. Sunday on Violet Avenue north of Boulder when a Volvo station wagon headed west on U.S. 36 turned left onto Violet and hit him. The driver of the Volvo, Kirk Condon, 59, didn’t see him, Reid said.
Condon was ticketed on suspicion of careless driving. Reid said the charges may be amended if the victim dies.
Friends said Doherty moved to Boulder from Ohio to teach high school Spanish. After a couple of years as a teacher, he went to work for Spectra Logic. He recently earned his master’s degree in Spanish, spending part of the time in Madrid, and used his Spanish skills in his job at Spectra Logic.
He also recently got engaged to his girlfriend, Dutch runner Adrienne Herzog, whom he met in Madrid, friends said.
TJ’s Facebook page, if you wish to post: http://www.facebook.com/doherty.terence