VIDEO: Stunned cyclists hit by wrong-way driver

SAN DIEGO - Cellphone video from a 10News viewer shows the aftermath when a wrong-way driver, who was suspected of being drunk, hit a group of cyclists.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on Fiesta Island Road, according to San Diego police.

Police said a group of around 20 cyclists was riding together when a Geo Prism driven by 49-year-old Theresa Owens struck them head on.

One of the cyclists suffered broken ribs, a major vertebrae fracture and internal injuries. The victim's wife told 10News on Thursday that her husband may never walk again.

Another seven cyclists suffered minor injuries and Owens was also briefly hospitalized.

After being released from the hospital Wednesday, Owens was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee on one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance -- both felonies. She also faces one count of being under the influence of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Her bail was set at $100,000. The incident is still under investigation.

Victim's wife speaks out

Emma Irarragorri said doctors told her that her husband, Juan Carlos Vinolo, may never walk again.

"He's in a … very bad condition now. He's struggling with a lot of injuries," said Irarragorri. "He has lung injuries, his kidney, worst is a back injury that he's waiting for surgery."

The father of two remains in intensive care at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

"Everybody in San Diego knows it should be a safe place," Irarragorri said, referring to Fiesta Island, where her husband cycled at least twice a week. "But I don't think it's as safe as we thought."

Her family was also visibly upset that the driver, Theresa Owens, has an extensive criminal history and was driving that day. Irarragorri said the driver was most likely unaware of the hurt she has done.

"She has no idea what she has caused. She has broken our family," said Claudia Vinolo, the victim's sister.

She also told 10News that her brother may have saved another cyclist from being injured.

"He's such a good person that he saved a life, did you know that?  He pushed somebody (out of the way). He was the one that got hit," Vinolo said.

Family friend Marta Chousal was also upset, telling 10News, "… she already had DUI charges before and I just don't understand, I just don't get it."

Irarragorri added, "My children are devastated. I am devastated; my friends are helping and my family too."

She knows her husband has a long road to recovery ahead.

As she wrapped her arms around Irarragorri, Chousal said, "He's going to walk, he's going to walk … He's going to be in that three percent … we'll make him walk, OK?"

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