Poway Man Killed, YMCA Exec Hurt in Bike Path Crash

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    A Poway man and a YMCA executive were cycling on a North County bike path when they were struck by an out-of-control vehicle Tuesday. Tony Shin reports.

    A Poway man and a Y.M.C.A. executive were cycling on a North County bike path when they were struck by an out-of-control vehicle on Tuesday. 

    Nick Venuto, 40, of Poway and Baron Herdelin-Doherty, 51, of Solana Beach did not know each other but just happened to be riding along State Route 56 when a Ford Escape veered off the road, up an embankment and plowed through a chain-linked fence.

    Venuto, a husband and father to a 12-year old son and 7-year old daughter, was killed. He worked at a local company, called Sapphire Energy. On Wednesday, family members and friends gathered at his home near Espola Road to comfort his widow and two children.

    Victims ID'd in Bike Path Crash

    [DGO] Victims ID'd in Bike Path Crash
    A Poway man and a YMCA executive were cycling on a North County bike path when they were struck by an out-of-control vehicle Tuesday. Tony Shin reports.

    Meanwhile, Herdelin-Doherty was severely injured in the crash. He suffered multiple fractures, including two broken hips and is recovering at Scripps Memorial La Jolla Hospital.

    "Baron is an incredible human being , he is full of energy, he is full of compassion,"said Shelly McTighe-Rippengale, Senior Vice President of Development and Communications for the San Diego County Y.M.C.A.

    Herdelin-Doherty became President and CEO of the local "Y" last October after moving from San Antonio, Texas with his wife. 

    "Baron's actually been a part of the Y.M.C.A. movement for the past 26 years,"McTighe-Rippengale said.

    She also said Herdelin-Doherty and his wife have a 19-year old son who is a track star at a college in Texas.

    Investigators said the driver steered too hard during a lane change and lost control of the SUV.

    The driver, Sheena Saranita, 27, suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital, according to the CHP.  Investigators said it didn't appear drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.