Bicyclist hit by Colorado Springs officer dies

Published: Sep. 24, 2017 at 8:19 PM MDT
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The bicyclist who was hit by a Colorado Springs officer on Sunday, September 24 died from his injuries last Friday.

Officers have identified the man as 30-year-old Nicholas Watson.

Police say Watson was hit by the car just before 7:30 p.m., which was driven by Sergeant Larry Morgan. Morgan has been with the department for 31 years as part of the Patrol Bureau. He was driving in an unmarked vehicle and was not responding to a call.

The investigation revealed Morgan was driving north on N. Academy Blvd. at Dublin Blvd. in northeast Colorado Springs when he struck Watson who was trying to cross eastbound N. Academy Blvd. According to witnesses, Watson was crossing on a green light.

Officers say Morgan helped the bicyclist until medical arrived.

Major Accident Unit also responded to take over the investigation. They report Morgan was driving between 37 and 42 miles per hour. The speed limit in the area is 45 miles per hour.

Police say this is the third bicyclist death in Colorado Springs this year. In 2015 and 2016, there were zero deaths.

Police are still looking for more information. Anyone who was a witness may call them at 719-444-7000 or remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867).