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California cyclist killed in violent collision, driver charged

When California motorists are driving in an area that is also used by pedestrians and bicyclists, it is imperative that they use extra caution and vigilance to prevent unnecessary tragedies. However, there are times when the inevitable happens and a bicyclist is injured because a driver has failed to pay attention or is driving recklessly without regard for the safety of others. In these situations, the often life-altering injuries sustained by the cyclist are excruciatingly devastating considering the circumstances could have been completely avoided.

This is exactly what happened in a recent incident where a cyclist was killed in a violent collision in Indio Hills. The cyclist was part of a large group of people participating in the Tour de Palm Springs. Witness reports told of the driver moving at an excessive rate of speed and slamming into a group of bicycle riders. Investigations into the accident revealed that the driver was traveling well over the speed limit. The posted speed in the area is 55 mph, but the driver was going an estimated 100 mph and had passed another vehicle right before the deadly collision. He was booked into jail on vehicular manslaughter charges, but later was released after posting bail. Court records show that the defendant was operating his vehicle on a suspended license following prior traffic violations. 

If people have a loved one who has been hurt because of another person's negligence, they can benefit from the assistance of an attorney. With the added guidance and industry experience, people can be confident in the case they are able to put together to support their efforts to receive compensatory benefits. 

Source: NBC Sports, "Driver charged in cyclist's death had suspended license," Feb. 13, 2018

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