A person is dead in Palm Springs after being struck and killed in a car accident, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver who fled the scene.
According to a CBS news report, the suspect has been identified as David Buckley Doyle, 55.
Police say he was driving south in his 2004 GMC pickup truck on North Indian Canyon Drive the morning of July 4, 2014 when
the vehicle struck a 2008 Yamaha motor scooter heading in the other direction.
The rider was thrown off the scooter and landed a distance away. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials recovered the hit-and-run vehicle in the 1400 block of North Indian Canyon Drive, about a mile away from where the collision occurred – with the scooter still “affixed” to the front. Doyle was arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of the deceased crash victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck, Doyle, was not only under the influence and struck the scooter that was traveling in the opposite direction, but also fled the scene of a fatal accident, with the victim’s vehicle still attached. Appalling!
According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a). In addition, leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a).
We are relieved to note that the driver in this case has been apprehended and charged.
Compensation for Victims
In such cases, families of deceased hit-and-run victims would be well advised to retain the services of an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.
A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run collision where the driver has not been apprehended or in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.