63 year Duane Roth, a Wayland native, WACO graduate and IWC graduate died August 3 from injuries received in a July 21 bicycle accident. A prominent supporter of San Diego’s technology and biomedical industry, Roth was hospitalized July 21 with brain trauma after a bicycle accident. Roth was chief executive of San Diego-based Connect, a not-for-profit group that promotes technology entrepreneurship Roth slammed into a rock embankment in a bicycling acciden near Lake Cuyamaca, about 52 miles east of San Diego. The impact broke his bicycling helmet, and Roth was flown by helicopter to the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, where he underwent surgery to remove a piece of his skull so as to relieve pressure in the brain, according to David Hale, a close friend and longtime Connect board member. Roth was placed in the intensive care unit in a medically induced coma.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 am at Immaculata Church at the University of San Diegao.