Loved ones will gather Saturday morning in Coronado for a memorial bike ride dedicated to a beloved bicyclist, father and friend killed by a suspected DUI driver while riding his bike in Chula Vista last month.
On Mar. 3, David Voigt, 44, was fatally struck by a Nissan Maxima while riding his bike home from his job at the Sweetwater Water Authority.
The car – reported stolen out of National City and driven by suspected drunk driver Michael Reyes, 29 – cut across oncoming traffic near J Street and Dennis Avenue before driving onto the sidewalk, striking Voigt, who was riding his bike the opposite way. The impact was so intense, it split Voigt’s bicycle in two. The car then smashed through a utility pole and split a tree trunk that was half the width of the car.
Voigt was critically injured and taken to a local hospital. He died a short time later.
Reyes, who police said was drunk behind the wheel, survived the crash, but also sustained serious injuries. He was arraigned from his hospital bed a few days later, charged with multiple counts including gross vehicular manslaughter, vehicle theft, driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance.
Following Voigt’s death, loved ones described him as a caring, dedicated father and husband, and “the kind of guy that lights up a room.”
With Saturday’s memorial ride, his bright spirit will be remembered.
According to Voigt’s sister-in-law, Miriam Voigt, “David’s Ride” will begin at 8 a.m. with a small ceremony at Tidelands Park on Mullinix Drive. The turnaround point will be the South Bay Marine Study Area on the Silver Strand.
The family hopes the coastal bike ride will not only honor Voigt, but also raise awareness on cycling safety and pay tribute to other families of victims killed by drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Anyone is welcome to join.
As for Reyes, he continues to be held at San Diego Central Jail and is scheduled to appear in court for further proceedings on May 6.
Court records indicate Reyes was not only on probation at the time of the deadly crash, but was also convicted of methamphetamine possession less than two months before the accident. Reyes' criminal history includes at least seven felony cases dating back just in the past 10 years.
If convicted, Reyes could face a maximum of 15 years and four months behind bars.