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Sleeping driver kills college professor on bicycle

A political science professor at Grossmont College died in a recent bicycle versus car collision on Old Highway 80. The professor was riding his bike last month around Flinn Springs when a minivan driver struck him. According to police, the woman at the helm of the minivan fell asleep at the wheel.

The 67-year-old motorist who caused the crash hails from Spring Valley. Police say that after she fell asleep, she crossed over the painted white line and up onto the right shoulder of the road. In the course of doing so, she struck and killed the 58-year-old college professor.

The woman's minivan eventually came to a stop after colliding with a bus stop sign, a mailbox and a Ford F-150. According to police, they weren't yet certain whether drugs or alcohol may have been factors in the collision.

Passersby attempted to keep the cyclist alive by performing CPR. Unfortunately, his injuries were too extensive, and they were unable to save him. Paramedics took the man to the hospital and doctors soon pronounced him deceased.

The professor was loved by his students for having a great sense of humor. They said had a great deal of respect for different political opinions. He was also known for his passion for teaching U.S. government and comparative politics.

Whenever a fatal bicycle versus car crash happens, it's important for victims and family members to understand the causes of the crash. This information may be useful to surviving close family members because it could provide a basis for seeking financial restitution and a sense of closure relating to the loss of their loved one.

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cyclist killed was college professor; driver who hit him was asleep at the wheel," Karen Kucher, April 18, 2018

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