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Authorities release name of bicyclist killed in SUV crash on State Route 56

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The executive of a biotech company is dead and the CEO of San Diego County's YMCA is critically injured after a car struck them on an elevated bike path.

Nick Venuto of Poway, the 40-year-old corporate controller of Sapphire Energy, has been identified as the cyclist killed when an SUV veered out of control on State Route 56. The vehicle hurtled a chain link fence and overturned on the bike path.

The California Highway Patrol says Tuesday night's crash occurred just west of Black Mountain Road.

The SUV also struck 51-year-old Baron Herdelin-Doherty of Solana Beach, the CEO and president of San Diego County's YMCA. Hospital officials told the San Diego Union-Tribune he was in critical condition Wednesday.

The driver, 27-year-old Sheena Saranita of San Diego, was in good condition.

This is a story update. The previous story is below.


SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities released the name of a 40-year-old man struck and killed by an out-of-control sport utility vehicle while bicycling on a pathway alongside State Route 56 in Rancho Penasquitos.

Nicholas Venuto of Poway and a companion were riding just west of Black Mountain Road when the eastbound Ford Escape careened over an embankment, crashed through a chain-fence and struck them shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.

Venuto, a biotech executive and married father of two young children, died at the scene.

Medics took Venuto's friend, a 51-year-old Solana Beach resident, to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla along with the motorist for treatment of serious and minor injuries, respectively.

The driver, a 27-year-old San Diego woman, did not immediately face charges over the accident, the California Highway Patrol reported. She told investigators she lost control of her vehicle while trying to change lanes.

Intoxication did not appear to be a factor in the crash, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

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