A drunk driver who killed David Voigt on his bicycle in Chula Vista pleaded guilty Monday to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and possession of methamphetamine.
Sentencing was set for July 25 for Michael Dominic Reyes, 29, by Chula Vista Superior Court Judge Garry Haehnle. The preliminary hearing set for May 22 was canceled, and Reyes remains in the central jail without bail.
Deputy District Attorney Carlos Varela said Reyes faces a prison term of 12 years and four months and could get two more years consecutively for violation of probation in two other cases.
Voigt, 44, worked for the Sweetwater Water Authority and had recently been using his bicycle to get to work. He was on his way home on March 3 at 4:15 p.m. and was traveling eastbound on J Street when Reyes struck him, according to Chula Vista Police.
Voigt was rushed to a hospital where he died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the San Diego County medical examiner’s office.
Reyes also pleaded guilty to auto theft, receiving stolen property, and driving with a suspended driver’s license. Reyes was driving a stolen Nissan Maxima. The vehicle went onto the sidewalk and hit a San Diego Gas & Electric electrical pole and a tree.
Reyes was convicted of auto theft in 2011 and 2010 and possession of methamphetamine on Jan. 16. He was on probation when he struck the bicyclist and could get more time for failure to remain law abiding.
Reyes was also injured in the crash and arraigned in his hospital bed on March 6.