I went on-line to read about it tonight and read it was a result of a driver running off the road and hitting a pedestrian. (Some anonymous person scolded me when I wrote 'drunk driver' which was in the article I read. So will remove that until confirmed.) The pedestrian was a locale fixture - John Breaux. John actually is a hero. He was always seen picking up cans along the road and greeted everyone with a warm smile. Everyone knew and loved him. (If you have time to read the comments you can see an example of how the communities of Lafayette/Louisville loved him.) Just yesterday, I was driving along another part of 287 and saw John picking up cans.
When I read that he had died I just cried. It was tragic anyway but even more so to read that he was him because he had such a gentle spirit. Reading the comments, I see some called him "Jesus" because he had a beard and maybe also because he was Christ-like in how he served the community whether opening doors for everyone at a local coffee shop or just with his warm smile. I didn't know much about John but see in the comments that he attended Flatirons church.
I am sure Boulder County will have a memorial for John and wonder if a day of picking up cans/trash and greeting others with kindness might be a good way to remember him. Maybe more than just a day.
May you rest in peace John. Our community has a huge hole in our heart.