Man arrested, accused of killing cyclist in Chula Vista

CHULA VISTA - A 29-year-old man was in custody Tuesday, accused of killing a 46-year-old cyclist in Chula Vista while drunk at the wheel of a stolen car.

David Voigt's co-workers went the crash site to pay their respects and bring flowers. They just stopped, stared and tried to make sense of what they say was senseless crash that killed a man who felt a lot like family.

They told 10News the last thing they said to him was, "Goodbye, see you tomorrow."

Voigt never got to say hello again, and he never got to see tomorrow.

For the past ten years, Voigt was the first guy Johnny Rodriguez would see in the morning at the Sweetwater Authority.

"All I can say is he was a good man," Rodriguez said. "He was coming home from a hard day's work to be with his family and now, he won't."

"If I had a bad night, he would always come in and say, 'What up homes' and make me feel good," Rodriguez said regarding a time he really needed to be cheered up. 

Michael Reyes admitted he had been drinking prior to the collision at East J Street and Dennis Avenue that killed David Voigt of Chula Vista late Monday afternoon, according to Chula Vista police Lt. Lon Turner.

Shortly before 4:15 p.m., Reyes was driving a stolen silver Nissan Maxima westbound on East J Street when he suddenly crossed into oncoming traffic and struck Voigt as he was riding his bicycle, Turner said in a statement.

The Maxima continued onto a sidewalk after striking Voigt, eventually coming to rest after striking an SDG&E power pole and a tree.

Paramedics took both Voigt and Reyes to UCSD Medical Center, where Voigt died and Reyes was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Maxima was stolen out of National City earlier in the day, Turner said, adding that property found inside the vehicle appeared to also be stolen.

Reyes faces multiple charges, Turner said.

Voigt had been riding his bike for the past several months to live a long healthy life with his wife and two teenage boys.

"He was doing something to help himself to stay around longer to be with his family," Rodriguez said. "Now, his kids have got to grow up without a father, which he was a good father, and his wife has to grow old without him."

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