Reckless Driver Charged with Murder of Tour de Palm Springs Bicyclist

The Desert Hot Springs man who fatally struck a Tour de Palm Springs bicyclist in February has been charged with murder. The suspect, 21-year-old Ronnie Ramon Huerta Jr., was taken into custody Wednesday after he pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

Huerta was initially charged with vehicular manslaughter, but he was released after posting bail. The charge was increased to murder at Huerta’s arraignment Wednesday. He is also charged with driving on a suspended license and driving under the influence of drugs. Huerta has a history of serious traffic violations, including speeding, running a stop sign, talking on a cell phone while driving, and making an unsafe lane change. Huerta’s license was suspended in December.

Driver May Have Been Traveling 100 MPH

The collision that killed 49-year-old bicyclist Mark Kristofferson occurred on February 10 in the Indio Hills area. Kristofferson was participating in the Tour de Palm Springs’ 100-mile ride when he was struck by Huerta’s Ford 500 sedan. Kristofferson’s girlfriend was also struck and seriously injured in the crash.

Witnesses said Huerta’s car appeared to be traveling more than 100 mph before the crash. He is due back in court on April 18 for a settlement conference.

This driver’s total disregard for others’ safety cost an innocent person his life,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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