Road biking is dangerous, but this should never happen.

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.

Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Cyclist-in-Critical-Condition-Following-Fiesta-Island-Crash-271404141.html#ixzz3AfMOfC00

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.

1952605_1408067434.5282Cheers.

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14 thoughts on “Road biking is dangerous, but this should never happen.

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  2. He sacrificed his well being to save someone else… It would be an honor to meet someone of such character. Nothing but good wishes and thoughts for him and his family.

    Be safe, everyone.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear this poor man so courageous I hope this lady gets hers 10 fold she owes this man her life the one he will no longer be able to enjoy because of injuries inflicted by her

  4. As much as I dislike roadies, you’re a true champion bloke. Iwish you well and know you will find the strength to achieve what ever you desire in the future. I am truly humbled
    best wishes to you and your family

  5. Tweaker was 49? Someone needs to make sure she never sees 50.

    And any thing the tweaker or her family owned (including children) should be sold to help defray the medical costs of this heroic young man.

    Hangin’s too good for this one. Feet first through a woodchipper would be far too merciful. Jesus, I need a drink.

  6. A cyclist one day, a paraplegic the next..such an heroic thing to do to save another, what horrific injuries he sustained. I would urge all cycling clubs in your country to band together to help raise funds to cover the cost of this poor guy’s medical bills, and the ongoing cost he now has to endure just to carry on living..<3

  7. Wow, what a story, Im not a Cyclist but man this guy is a hero and deserves all the help we can give.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. thanks for sharing. once a cyclist, always a cyclist. it’s important that we take care of those in the community.

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  10. He nudged someone out of the way and took the hit ??

    Dayum. I wouldn’t had the nuts to do that and I have really big nuts.

    Good luck brother.

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