Red light runner causes three-car collision in Rancho Mirage, killing a bicyclist

News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

On Thursday, April 18 at 12:15 p.m., officers from the Rancho Mirage Police Department responded to a traffic collision involving three vehicles and a bicyclist at the intersection of Da Vall Drive and Ramon Road.

Officers arrived within minutes and learned that a white 2010 Chrysler Town and Country mini-van was traveling northbound on Da Vall Drive.   The driver of this vehicle failed to stop for a red light, illegally proceeding through the intersection.  As a consequence, a black 1998 GMC Sierra pick-up truck that was traveling westbound on Ramon Road, and was crossing through the intersection on a green light, collided with the Chrysler Town and Country mini-van.  The collision caused the mini-van to overturn and collide with a male bicyclist and a 2010 black Nissan Murano who were stopped on the northwest corner of the intersection.

The bicyclist, identified as Donald McCluskey, 49, of Palm Springs, sustained major injuries and was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries a short time later.

The driver of the mini-van was also transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries and is expected to survive.  The drivers of the Nissan Murano and GMC pick up walked away with no injuries.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of the GMC pick-up, Larry Wayne Goodman, 60, of Cathedral City, is suspected of driving the vehicle while under the influence of drugs.  Goodman was arrested on scene and booked into the jail in Indio on DUI charges.

The intersection of Da Vall Drive and Ramon Road was closed for several hours during the accident investigation.

This investigation is continuing and anyone that may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact Officer Jimmy Miller at 760-836-1600.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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