Chula Vista resident and cyclist David Voigt, 44, died at the hands of a suspected drunk driver Monday night.
On Tuesday, friends and co-workers were mourning the loss, and residents were anxious about their safety.( Tue Mar 04 17:37:58 PST 2014 $__output )
Close friend Chico Flores was once related to David Voigt by marriage. Now, Flores is struggling with the sudden loss of such a beloved man.
“Heaven definitely has another angel right about now, He's the kind of guy that lights up a room. Great father, great husband,” Flores said.( Tue Mar 04 08:41:55 PST 2014 $__output )
Flores is not alone. Fellow cyclists stopped at the sidewalk shrine where Voigt was hit for a moment of silence. Co-workers parked their cars on the side of the road, some quietly reflecting, others in sorrowful prayer.
Voigt was killed Monday while riding his bike on East J Street. Chula Vista Police say 29-year-old Michael Reyes was drunk behind the wheel of the stolen Nissan Maxima that crossed two lanes of traffic before hitting Voigt head-on.
Investigators found evidence in that car linking Reyes to other crimes.
Flags at the Sweetwater Authority Water District where the victim worked flew at half staff. The general manager went to each of the three plants to tell co-workers the tragic news.
“There is a real sense of loss. His presence will be missed. He was well-liked and respected by everyone”, co-worker Leslie Payne said.
Voigt's focus was his family, a wife and two sons. He also enjoyed biking to work, running and racing motorcycles in his free time.
His death brings into focus one very important reminder.
"It's kind of tragic and unexpected. It could have easily been avoided if people just don't drink and drive,” Flores said.
Reyes remains in serious condition in the trauma unit of UCSD Medical Center.
He is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday. If Reyes can't get to court, the judge will arraign him in his hospital bed.