Vigil held for cyclist killed by alleged DUI driver, who pleads not guilty from hospital bed

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A probationer accused of driving a stolen car while
under the influence in Chula Vista, causing a crash that killed a bicyclist,
pleaded not guilty from his hospital bed Thursday to five charges, including gross
vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and possession of methamphetamine.

Michael Reyes, 29, was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail in
connection with the Monday death of 44-year-old David Voigt of Chula Vista.
Reyes admitted he had been drinking prior to the collision at East J Street
and Dennis Avenue, 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 hitting 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. Prosecutor
Carlos Varela told reporters that Reyes appeared to have a left leg injury.

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

Besides gross vehicular manslaughter and possession of a controlled
substance, Reyes also is charged with auto theft, possession of stolen property
and driving with a suspended license.

The defendant — who the prosecutor said was on probation for auto theft
and possession of methamphetamine — faces 15 years and four months in prison
if convicted.

A readiness conference was scheduled for March 20 and a preliminary
hearing for April 16 at the South Bay Courthouse.

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