The Larimer County Sheriff’s office has identified Gary Moody, a CSU professor, as the 62 year old Fort Collins cyclist killed yesterday near Berthoud.  Gary Moody was riding South on Berthoud Parkway yesterday morning when he was hit by or hit the passenger side of a passing semi truck and trailer. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling (CRASH) team is investigating the crash. Gary was a professor of music at CSU in the Music and Woodwinds department and according to his Facebook page today would have been his 63rd birthday. 

We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. 

More information below.

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Via the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office:


“On 08/20/2018, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office responded to the intersection of Berthoud Parkway and Bunyan Ave to investigate a traffic fatality.  The decedent was a cyclist who was involved in a collision with a tanker truck while southbound on Berthoud Parkway.  The decedent was identified as Gary Moody, 62, of Fort Collins, CO.  A forensic autopsy was performed on 08/21/2018 by Steve Cina, M.D. at McKee Medical Center.  Dr. Cina determined that the cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries.  The manner of death is accident.  No other information will be released by this office.”


“On August 20, 2018, at approximately 11:52 a.m., the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a crash involving a tractor trailer (semi truck) and bicycle at Berthoud Parkway and Bunyan Avenue in Berthoud. The LCSO Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling (CRASH) team responded and is investigating. Colorado State Patrol and Berthoud Fire Protection District also responded to assist.

The investigation thus far has shown the semi truck and bicycle were traveling the same direction (southbound) and the bicycle collided with the passenger side of the semi truck. The 62-year-old Fort Collins man riding the bicycle was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the semi truck, a 71-year-old Fort Morgan man, was not injured. No other vehicles were involved. CRASH investigators do not suspect drugs/alcohol or speed as factors in the crash at this time.

No further information will be released at this time. The Larimer County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the bicyclist.

Berthoud Parkway was closed for approximately five hours during the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident who has not already spoken to deputies is asked to call Deputy Travis Martin at 970-498-5530.”

Via CSU: 

“Gary Moody is professor of bassoon and theory at Colorado State University. He holds B.A. and B.M. Degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, and a D.A. from the University of Northern Colorado. He has been a member of the Des Moines Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Nico Milan Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa.

From 1981 through 2008, he was principal bassoon with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra in Breckenridge Colorado, and has been a soloist with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, performing Vivaldi, Hummel, and Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis. He has performed recitals across the United States, and in 2008 and 2010 performed at the International Double Reed Society convention.

Dr. Moody’s scholarly work and publication has included work in tuning systems and improvement of performance intonation utilizing resultant tones. He has also published articles dealing with the challenges and solutions of making double reeds for high altitude performances.

His current duties at CSU include teaching applied bassoon, chamber music, music theory, and woodwind techniques.”