1 Dead, 1 Injured in Tour de Palm Springs Crash
1 Dead, 1 Injured in Tour de Palm Springs Crash

A bicyclist was killed and another seriously injured during the Tour de Palm Springs Saturday. Police say a driver crashed into two bicyclists while driving 100 mph down Dillon Road. The driver did not appear to be under the influence, but officers are still awaiting test results.

The driver, 21-year-old Ronnie Huerta Jr., was traveling far over the 50 mph speed limit on Dillon Road when he lost control of his Ford 500. His vehicle entered the north shoulder, then Huerta overcorrected and entered the eastbound lane, where he struck the eastbound bicyclists.

Bicyclist Dead at the Scene

Bicyclist Mark Kristofferson, 49, died at the scene. A female bicyclist struck by the vehicle was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center for severe injuries. The driver was treated for a head injury at the scene, before being arrested for vehicular manslaughter. He posted bail Sunday and is due back in court in April.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers say Huerta was driving recklessly. Moreover, he should have exercised more caution given the event that was quite obviously going on.

“Our condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends. This driver clearly acted recklessly and should be held accountable,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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