Bicyclist Killed in Accident Near Balboa Ave

Balboa Ave. off-ramp shut down after two cars hit bicyclist

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    Emergency crews were called to the scene of a bicyclist struck by three cars in Kearny Mesa Thursday morning.

    The collision forced the closure of the southbound Balboa Ave. off-ramp, as well as Charger Way, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    A detective said the man was struck by a Ford expedition, then rolled and was hit by two other cars in different lanes. The last car ended up on top of the bicyclist's body.

    Balboa Ave. does not have a bike lane; just three travel lanes and a transition lane. The man was wearing a helmet. After the collision, the helmet was destroyed.

    A Sigalert was issued on the off-ramp for about four hours.

    A CHP report said the bicyclist was barely breathing after the accident. Later, CHP confirmed the bicyclist died as a result of the collision.

    The San Diego Police Department is investigating the collision. On Friday, police confirmed the identity of the bicyclist. He was a 29-year-old man named David Oritz who lived in the Pacific Beach area. His family has been notified.

    Ortiz's body was in the correct area where he should've been biking, however it's unclear if that's where he was when the first car hit him, said. Officer Mark McCullough with the San Diego Police Department.

    Check back for more information on this developing story.

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