Cyclist killed by suspected sleepy driver was college professor

SAN DIEGO – Grossmont College political science professor who was an avid bicyclist was killed Tuesday in the Flinn Springs area when he was hit by a minivan driven by a woman who fell asleep, authorities said.

Brian Jennings, a 58-year-old Alpine resident, was riding his mountain bike when he was hit around 3:15 p.m. on eastbound Old Highway 80 east of Soldin Lane, the county Medical Examiner’s Office said.

He was wearing a helmet and riding in the bike lane when he was struck.

The woman driving the Toyota Sienna, a 67-year-old Spring Valley resident, fell asleep at the wheel and drifted across the painted white line and onto the right-hand shoulder, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.

After striking Jennings, the minivan hit a metal bus stop sign, a mailbox and ran into a parked Ford F-150. Investigators said it is not known if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, said CHP Officer Travis Garrow.

Read more at San Diego Union-Tribune.

A tribute to Jennings is planned for Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Griffin Gate Building 60 at Grossmont College.