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Accident in Niwot claims the life of a Boulder County employee


Faulkner Merdes, d. 2014 (Courtesy photo: Boulder County Parks & Open Space) The Boulder County Parks & Open Space Department has provided a courtesy photo of Faulkner Merdes. Merdes was killed in an ATV accident at the Bielens-Hock property, which includes the Lobo Trail, and was previously identified publicly by the Boulder County Coroner's Office.

A Boulder County Parks & Open Space employee was killed in an ATV accident near the Lobo Trail on the Bielens-Hock property

Niwot - Just after 11:00 am this morning, a Boulder County employee called 911 to report that one of his co-workers had been found along the Lobo Trail, unconscious, with his ATV on top of him. The man's two co-workers were able to move the ATV off of him; while one began CPR, the other called for help. Despite resuscitative efforts, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The three men were working on the county-owned Bielens-Hock property, which is south of the 8400 block of the Diagonal Highway, this morning doing weed prevention and control operations. The victim, a 45-year-old Longmont man and 18-year veteran of Boulder County Parks & Open Space, was working with an ATV on one portion of the property while his two co-workers were working on another on a separate ATV. The circumstances leading up to, and surrounding, the accident are immediately unclear and are still being investigated.

Investigators from the Sheriff's Office and the Boulder County Coroner's Office are investigating the man's death. The Coroner's Office is responsible for determining the cause and manner of the man's death, as well as publicly identifying him after his family has been notified.

The case number associated with this investigation is 17-2533.


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