A drunk driver. A stolen car. A dead cyclist.
A San Diego area bike rider has lost his life at the hands of a criminal apparently too drunk to control the car he stole.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, 29-year old Michael Reyes was traveling westbound on Chula Vista’s East J Street at Dennis Avenue around 4:15 pm Monday when he somehow crossed into oncoming traffic. He hit cyclist head-on before crossing over the sidewalk and crashing into a utility pole.
Reyes allegedly admitted to the police that he had been drinking, and that the silver Nissan Maxima he was driving had been stolen earlier that afternoon. Inside the car, police found property that appeared to come from other car burglaries.
The 44-year old bike rider, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center where he died.
There was nothing the victim could have done to avoid the collision. He does not appear to have done anything to contribute in any way to his own death, other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time, sharing the same planet with a drunk on a crime spree.
If there is any justice, his killer won’t be back behind the wheel of any car, stolen or otherwise, for a very long time.
This is the 20th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the first in San Diego County. This is also the fourth cyclist killed in Chula Vista since 2012.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.
Update: The victim has been identified as 44-year old Chula Vista resident David Voight. According to San Diego’s 10News, Voight was a regular bike commuter, and was just eight blocks from his home when he was killed.