A bicyclist who sustained major injuries after being struck by a car in Valley Center on Sept. 16 has died, a Palomar Medical Center spokesperson confirmed Sunday.
Palomar’s Leonel Sanchez told NBC 7 San Diego that 35-year-old Scott Folck passed away around 12:45 a.m. Folck had been hospitalized for injuries stemming from last week’s collision with a car.
According to police, on Sept. 16 the San Diego resident was riding his bicycle westbound on Woods Valley Road around 6:05 a.m. at an unknown rate of speed when he arrived at the intersection of Cool Water Ranch Road.
At the same time, 22-year-old San Marcos resident Nicholas Byrd began making a left turn on Cool Water Ranch Road in his Mitsubishi 3000GT, traveling at approximately 35 mph.
Police said Byrd saw Folck riding directly in front of him and tried to hit the brakes on his car, but was unable to avoid striking the bicyclist.
Upon impact, Folck was ejected from his bike onto the windshield of the car before falling to the ground.
Police said Folck sustained serious injuries and was transported to Palomar Regional Medical Center, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Alcohol is not suspected to have played a part in the collision, police said.
A report released by the Medical Examiner’s office Sunday afternoon said Folck was an avid cyclist and Triathlete who was training for an upcoming Triathlon.
Ed. note: A previous version of this article incorrectly attributed the patient's cause of death to a hospital spokesperson. We regret the error.