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September 4, 2012
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70-year-old Greeley woman dies after being struck by a car while biking

People who knew a 70-year-old Greeley woman who was struck by a car and killed while biking say she was an avid biker and died doing what she loved.

Windsor police say Kathleen Leonard was riding her mountain bike at about 9:30 a.m. last Thursday on the Poudre River Trail when she crossed into a traffic lane on a busy highway and was hit.

The driver of the car, Susan Mundine, also 70 and also of Greeley, was headed south on Colo. 257. Mundine told police she didn’t have enough time to react when Leonard rode into her lane near a bike crossing.

Police said witnesses told them Leonard appeared to have entered the lane too suddenly for the car to brake in time. No charges have been filed.

Leonard was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, where she later died of her injuries.

Joe Pelz, a partner at Galeton Dairy in Eaton where Leonard worked for more than 30 years, said Leonard took long bike rides every day and loved riding the Poudre River Trail. “She was very passionate about biking,” he said. “She rode 40 to 50 miles every day.”

Mike Faulkner, another partner in Galeton Dairy in Eaton, said Leonard tested cows at his dairy for mastitis, which is an infection in udder tissue. He said she worked hard to make sure the cows and other animals were taken care of properly. He said she was contracted with more than 10 other dairies.

“She just had a real love for animals,” Faulkner said. “She wanted to make sure their welfare was being handled as perfectly as possible.”

Pelz said he knew Leonard for nearly 27 years. He said she was quick to tell others when animals were not being treated well enough.

“If you weren’t doing your job, she’d let you know,” he said. “She was a very straightforward person.”

Pelz said Leonard is survived by two sisters and a brother, all of whom live out of state.

“She’s going to be a hard one to replace, as a friend and as a working relationship,” Pelz said. “She was one-of-a-kind.”

Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez said Leonard’s death is the 27th traffic-related fatality this year in the county. She said there had been 23 fatalities by this time last year.

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My Windsor Now Updated Sep 4, 2012 11:48PM Published Sep 7, 2012 12:43PM Copyright 2012 My Windsor Now. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.