Bicyclist Killed in Crash with Stolen Car

The driver admitted to drinking before driving, police say

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    A man faces felony charges after police say he was driving a stolen car under the influence when he hit and killed a bicyclist. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports.

    A bicyclist has died after a man in a stolen vehicle crashed into him in Chula Vista.

    The crash happened Monday around 4:15 p.m. near East J St. and Dennis Ave.

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    According to Chula Vista Police, 29-year-old Michael Reyes was driving westbound on East J St. when he cut across oncoming traffic for an unknown reason.

    He hit a bicyclist who was riding the opposite way, drove up onto the sidewalk and struck an electric pole and tree.

    The bicyclist was taken to the UC San Diego Medical Center, where he died.

    The victim has been identified as 44-year-old David Voigt of Chula Vista.

    Reyes was also taken to the hospital with injuries. On Tuesday, officials said Reyes remained hospitalized in serious condition, but is expected to survive.

    Police said Reyes admitted to drinking before the crash. The vehicle he was driving -- a Nissan Maxima – had been reported stolen out of National City earlier Monday, and officers said they found property inside the car that had been stolen in previous vehicle burglaries.

    Chula Vista police said Reyes will likely be arraigned from his hospital bed on Wednesday. Once he's released from the hospital, he'll be booked into jail.

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