Driver competent to stand trial in Boulder cyclist’s death


BOULDER, Colo. | A Lyons man accused of striking and killing a Boulder bicyclist in 2013 while driving drunk has been ruled competent to stand trial.

The Daily Camera reports ( ) 71-year-old Patrick Ward is set to go to trial Jan. 25 on two counts of vehicular homicide, DUI, DUI per se and prohibited use of a weapon stemming from the death of Michel Van Duym. Ward pleaded not guilty to the charges May 28.

His case has been in limbo since his attorney brought up the issue of competency in 2013. Ward was ruled incompetent to proceed in January 2014, and his case was halted while doctors worked to restore him to competency.

The mental hold on Ward’s case was lifted May 18.

Information from: Daily Camera,