A Shell Beach man died Wednesday after being hit by a big-rig truck while bicycling near the intersection of Ontario Road and South Higuera Street south of San Luis Obispo.
Just before 8 a.m., Dr. Damian Horstman was riding north on Ontario Road where it intersects with South Higuera and the southbound on- and off-ramps to Highway 101, when he was hit by a big-rig that was entering the southbound on-ramp. Horstman was taken to Sierra Vista where he died.
The 39-year-old Horstman was chief of anesthesiology and vice chief of staff at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. He has been vice chief of staff since 2008.
“Dr. Horstman has been an integral member of the Sierra Vista medical staff since February 2008. For the past two years he provided a great deal of leadership at Sierra Vista, serving both as chair of the anesthesia department and also as vice chief of staff. He was in line to be chief of staff starting next year,” Sierra Vista Chief Executive Officer Candy Markwith said in a memo to employees Wednesday. “Needless to say this is a tragic loss to his beloved wife and two children, his friends and colleagues, and to Sierra Vista and our medical community.”
Horstman graduated from the UC Davis School of Medicine and completed his residency at Stanford University.
The California Highway Patrol report said Horstman rode through a stop sign where Ontario Road intersects with South Higuera and into the path of a 1998 Mack truck driven by Salvador Sandoval of Santa Maria.
Sandoval, 51, hit the brakes and swerved hard to avoid a collision, but the truck struck Horstman before skidding to a stop in the center of the freeway on-ramp.