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Cyclist killed as motorist driving at 100mph+ crashes into charity ride in California

Another rider seriously injured in fatal collision at Tour de Palm Springs

A cyclist has been killed and another seriously injured after a motorist driving at a speed that eyewitnesses estimated to be in excess of 100 miles per hour crashed into a charity ride in California.

The victims had been participating in the 20th edition of the 100-mile Tour de Palm Springs, which attracts more than 1,000 cyclists each year.

The fatal crash happened on Dillon Road near Indio Hills with the driver, who was heading eastbound as were the cyclists, veering off the road across the westbound carriageway and losing control of their saloon car, reports USA Today.

According to Sergeant Isaiah Kee of the California Highway Patrol, the vehicle then crossed back onto the eastbound carriageway, hitting the two cyclists before rolling to a rest.

One cyclist,Mark Kristofferson, aged 49, of Lake Stevens, Washington, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other, Alyson Lee Akers, 50, of Huntington Beach, California, was taken to hospital by helicopter with serious injuries.

The driver was taken to hospital by ambulance to be treated for moderate injuries.

Witnesses said that the driver was travelling at more than 100 miles per hour on the road where the speed limit is 50 miles per hour and Sgt Kee said that due to the speed, the motorist may not have seen the riders soon enough to be able to slow down.

He said: “There were so many participants that it was easy to see that there were bicyclists coming ... not like you’re traveling down the road and all of a sudden encounter a few bicyclists.”

An investigation into the crash is continuing, including whether drugs or alcohol were a factor, Sgt Kee added.

The driver, Ronnie R. Huerta Jr., aged  21, and from Desert Hot Springs, is being held at  the Riverside County Jail in Indio, and according to police is facing a charge of vehicular manslaughter.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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I think I'll wait for the official announcement as to his speed before I get the pitchfork out.  Witnesses are notoriously unreliable when it comes to these things.

Krd51 | 6 years ago

Fuck the book, the gas chamber or electric chair that would learn him!!!

Grahamd replied to Krd51 | 6 years ago

Krd51 wrote:

Fuck the book, the gas chamber or electric chair that would learn him!!!

No, that would kill him, but perhaps others would learn from the example.


StraelGuy | 6 years ago

Indeed, what a ghastly thing to happen. Hope the driver gets the book thrown at him.

don simon fbpe | 6 years ago

RIP brother/sister.

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