Coroner IDs Cyclist Killed by Train in Longmont
The Boulder County Coroner’s Office has identified the Longmont man who was killed in a collision with a train on Sunday afternoon.
Ponciano Cortez, 42, was struck by a train at the intersection of Ken Pratt Boulevard and Nelson Road while riding his bike, with a small trailer attached, across the tracks at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Cortez died from his injuries.
According to Longmont police, the train was traveling eastbound at the time of the collision. The engineer reportedly sounded the horn as the train approached and crossed the intersection, and the crossing signals were down. Police also said that the lights were functioning and emitting an audible sound at the time of the collision.
Mike McFall told the Times-Call that Cortez, his friend, was on his way to help someone when the collision happened.
Cortez would bring people food and propane, give them tents and sleeping bags, and help them fix their bicycles, according to McFall.
“Just whatever he could do, and all of it on his (bicycle) and trailer,” he wrote in a Facebook message.
McFall first met Cortez while getting supplies from the HOPE for Longmont vans that used to park in the police department lot. Eventually Cortez asked to camp on McFall’s property, and McFall said that he’s glad he agreed.
“He really impressed me with how much he did for people, especially for someone that had so little,” McFall wrote. “He spent most of his time making sure everyone else had what they needed.”
McFall said that Cortez was one of the most caring, generous and selfless people he had ever met.
“He will be missed by many, and I for one am proud to call him my friend,” he wrote.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org