Rancho Mirage: Van Caused Crash that Killed Cyclist Donald McCluskey


At about 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18th, a mini van caused the crash that killed 49-year-old cyclist Donald McCluskey in Rancho Mirage. While traveling north on Da Vall Drive, a white 2010 Chrysler Town and Country mini van drove through a red light, colliding with a black 1998 GMC Sierra pickup that had been heading westbound on Ramon Road, the impact sending the van into a 2010 black Nissan Murano and McCluskey. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Authorities arrested the driver of the GMC truck on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

“When a motorist’s negligence results in an accident causing serious or fatal trauma, he or she may be held liable for expenses related to the treatment of the injury or incurred by the victim’s family due to their loss,” explained a California personal injury lawyer.

Rancho Mirage accounted for none of the 7 fatalities and 1 of the 347 injuries suffered by bicyclists in traffic accidents in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. In the span from 2008 to 2010, the number of deaths suffered by cyclists decreased by 9.2 percent, from 109 to 99.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Donald McCluskey, the cyclist killed in the crash triggered by the van yesterday.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Rancho Mirage accident.

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If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 1-888-834 5055.

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