Teenager struck while riding bicycle dies; elderly driver charged

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DENVER -- One of the two teenagers who was injured after being struck by a vehicle last week has died, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner said Monday.

Cole Sukle, 14, and a 13-year-old were in the bicycle lane when they were struck by an elderly female driver near East Yale Avenue and East Nielsen Way in southeast Denver on Wednesday afternoon, the Denver Police Department said.

Sukle was riding a bicycle and was hit directly by the vehicle, then thrown off the bike. He underwent surgery Wednesday night at Denver Health Medical Center but died Thursday morning, the medical examiner's office said.

RELATED: Police report of the crash

The 13-year-old was riding a skateboard and is expected to be OK.

The medical examiner's office said Sukle died as a result of blunt force injuries and said the manner of death was an accident.

The vehicle that hit the teens ended on the grass in Robert H. McWilliams Park at Yale and South Milwaukee Street, six blocks from the crash.

Police said the female driver, 81-year-old Patricia Livingston, was seen driving erratically before hitting the teens. The woman was taken to a hospital with minor injures. She remains hospitalized.

On Monday, police said Livingston was charged with careless driving resulting in death and careless driving resulting in injury.

A spokeswoman released a statement from the Livingston family.

"We are deeply saddened by the events that occurred on July 13 and the passing of a young life," the statement said. "We express our profound sorrow and regret, and our thoughts are with the boy’s family and loved ones during this difficult time."

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