The mother of a man killed Monday while riding his bike blocks away from her home is still in shock and says her son was fighting to turn his life around for himself and his daughter.
Police say Jason Wilcox, 40, was crossing Pepper Drive eastbound at Second Street in unincorporated El Cajon at around 10:30 p.m. when he was hit by an oncoming truck.
Wilcox didn’t have the right away and the truck wasn’t able to slow down or swerve after he rode into its path. The posted speed limit on Pepper is 40 mph.
Surveillance cameras at a corner gas station captured the violent collision.
Wilcox’s mom said her son recently fell on hard times. He had lost his job and became addicted to drugs, but just before the accident he reached out to her for help and was serious about getting his life back on track.
“I had hoped he would get off drugs, get his life together and get his daughter back,” Vicki Wilcox said. “He was a good person. He has a lot of friends. They were still calling although he didn’t see them as much.”
Wilcox was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The driver of the Ford F-150, a 60-year-old man, stopped and gave CPR to Wilcox until paramedics arrived at the scene. He is not being charged in connection with the crash.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating.
Source: NBC San Diego