Last week in San Diego, a 49 year-old woman named Theresa Owens was high on meth and made a horrible decision to drive, resulting in a two-thousand pound car careening down a one-way, the wrong way, and plowing into a group of 20 cyclists in Fiesta Island, which had been known as a relatively safe place to ride a bike.
Taking the brunt of the impact was Juan Carlos Vinolo, 49, of La Jolla who according to others in the group, nudged the leading cyclist off the road, putting himself directly into the path of the car. Now Vinolo, who will suffer paralysis from the chest down, is fighting for his life in UCSD Hillcrest Hospital.
Vinolo was the most seriously injured of the group with two punctured lungs, several broken ribs and a left clavicle, dislocated left shoulder, loss of one kidney, laceration of the spleen and six broken vertebras resulting in a spinal cord injury according to an online fundraising effort to help pay for medical costs.
Juan’s cousin Ana reached out to DC to share the story and ask for support. Medical bills are accumulating and she has set up a site for people to help: http://www.gofundme.com/d1nuf8
The cycling community looks out for it’s own, and while we wouldn’t normally recommend drinking less beer, perhaps cut it back a couple this week and use the money instead to support Juan and his family.