Cyclist's family talks to 10News at growing memorial at scene of crash

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The family of a cyclist who was killed by a wrong-way driver in Chula Vista spoke with 10News on Tuesday.

Family members of 46-year-old David Voigt showed up to a growing memorial at the scene of the crash.

"We cannot wrap our heads around this," said Voigt's brother-in-law, Bruce Bell.

He told 10News of a man too young and vibrant to be memorialized.

"He was full of life and love … loved his wife, loved his sons, straight thinker, hard worker," said Bell.

Voigt was riding his bicycle home from work at the Sweetwater Authority in broad daylight on Monday when a car traveling the other direction crossed into his lane.

"It was just a freak thing," said Bell. "He was an experienced motocross racer. He knew how to handle himself on two wheels."

The driver who struck Voigt, 29-year-old Michael Reyes, was on probation for drug charges. Police say Reyes was drunk and behind the wheel of a car he stole earlier that day.

"Sadness and grief … anger and frustration … It's really tough," said Bell.

When Voigt's family shared photos of his niece, his sons and his wife, they cried but said he would not want it that way.

"It's hard to do right away," said Bell. "It takes time, I think, to get to that point but we'll have a nice memorial celebration for him and we'll truly celebrate his life because he lived a great one."

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