California Man Charged in Fatal Cyclist Accident Released on $75k Bail
21-year-old Ronnie Ramon Huerta Jr. was allegedly driving on a suspended license when he struck several cyclists participating in a charity ride near Palm Springs. According to law enforcement, Huerta was going 100 mph in a 55-mph zone when he lost control of his vehicle. Mark Kristofferson, 49, was fatally injured. Two other cyclists riding in the 100-mile Tour de Palm Springs were struck suffering serious injuries. Huerta was charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and booked into the Indio jail after his arrest.
Authorities believe that he had a suspended license at the time that he hit the cyclists. The California Department of Motor Vehicles shows that his license was suspended for failure to appear and being a negligent operator. In California, a person is deemed a negligent operator if they have too many “points” on their license. Points are put on a driving record if a court submits paperwork regarding a conviction or there are at-fault collisions. Huerta posted $75,000 bail and was released from custody.