Cyclist hit after attending memorial for teen killed in bike accident

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego police were trying to identify a hit-and-run driver who injured a bicyclist Wednesday evening as the cyclist was returning from a memorial for a 13-year-old boy killed in a bicycle crash last week.

The bicyclist was hit by a white Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV that turned into his path on El Cajon Boulevard near 52nd Street  in the Colina Del Sol neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros. He was identified in news reports as 23-year-old Omar Avila.

Avila and a fellow bicyclist were leaving a memorial service for 13-year-old Jose Guadalupe Hernandez Dominguez when he was struck, according to broadcast reports. Dominguez lost control of his bike on a steep hill along 61st Street in Encanto Monday, was thrown from his bike and fatally struck his head on the nearby trolley tracks.

Avila suffered a head laceration and broken ribs in Wednesday’s crash, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to Delimitros.