A tragic and hard to fathom accident has killed one cyclist and severely injured another. The accident occurred when an out of control vehicle veered off the 56 freeway, up a 15 foot embankment, through a chain link fence, and onto a dedicated bike lane. The car overturned on the elevated bike path after smashing into two bicyclists, killing one. The bicycle accident happened on the Route 56 bike path at 6:20 a.m. in the morning. The driver claims that she was driving eastbound on the 56 when she saw a vehicle in the far right lane and overreacted, steering her SUV up the embankment and into the bike path.
Both of cyclists were properly in the dedicated bike lane, and both were wearing helmets. Neither of the bicyclists knew each other. The deceased cyclist was a bio-energy executive, and the critically injured cyclist was the recently named CEO of YMCA San Diego. The car driver was reported to have no serious injuries.