Driver who injured US Bicycling Hall of Famer Dale Stetina near Boulder pleads guilty


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BOULDER, Colorado — The driver involved in a crash near Boulder that left U.S. Bicycling Hall of Famer Dale Stetina with life-threatening injuries has pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge.

The Daily Camera reports ( ) 40-year-old Ryan Dowd, of Longmont, was set to stand trial Tuesday, but he pleaded guilty Aug. 29 to careless driving resulting in injury.

Investigators say Stetina crashed when he swerved and braked trying to avoid an SUV that pulled into his lane in Lefthand Canyon on Aug. 31, 2013. He was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition and placed in a medically induced coma in the days after the accident.

Stetina was a member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams and won more than 200 domestic and international bike races during a career from 1965 to 1983.

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