State Patrol: Driver Who Hit And Killed Cyclist Was Drunk

Sjvorne Chapman

State troopers believe the driver of a Jeep that hit and killed a bicyclist Sunday night was drunk at the time of the accident.

The cyclist has been identified as 46-year-old Michael Joyal of Monument. State Patrol tells 11 News both he and the Jeep were traveling southbound on Highway 83 when he was hit, ejecting him from his bike. He died soon after the collision.

A portion of Highway 83 was shut down Sunday night, but has since been reopened.

Sjvorne Chapman, 37, was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving.

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11 News spoke to Michael Joyal's widow who says he was training for a triathalon.

He called her before the accident, for a ride because it was getting dark.

That would be the last conversation they would ever have.

When she went to pick him up, she could see his bright yellow jacket and someone giving him CPR.

She says she was hysterical and that the woman who allegedly hit him was too.

11 News has learned 37-year-old Sjvorne Chapman has been arrested in the past for another alcohol related offense.

According to an arrest affadavit we obtained, she was speeding in Gunnison County.

She was pulled over and arrested after a State trooper smelled alcohol on her breath and car in 2010.

We checked looked into Colorado laws to see how many times someone can commit an offense before losing the right to drive.

If it's the first driving while ability impaired offense or DWAI, the driver could spend two days to six months in jail.

If it's the first driving under the influence offense, the driver could spend five days to a year in jail. The driver's license could be suspended for nine months.

Chapman was released from jail Monday afternoon.

Michael Joyal's family says the retired Air Force Academy pilot and father of two was extremely loved.

Joyal and his wife would have celebrated 20 years of Marriage in July.

His widow describes him as her true friend.

The family says anyone wanting to honor him can make a donation to the "Share The Road Campaign."



 
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