INDIO HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Records show a motorist charged with killing a cyclist from Snohmish County during California's Tour de Palm Springs over the weekend was driving on a suspended license.
Mark Kristofferson, 49, of Lake Stevens died Saturday after a car traveling at twice the speed limit barreled into cyclists racing in the 100-mile (160-kilometer) charity ride through the Coachella Valley desert. His fiancee was riding with him and she was seriously injured. She was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
The driver, Ronnie Huerta Jr., faces vehicular manslaughter charges. He was released after posting $75,000 bail. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Monday that the 21-year-old's license had been suspended since Dec. 4 for being a negligent vehicle operator and failures to appear.
Witnesses said the car was going about 100 mph in a 55-mile-an-hour zone and passed another vehicle just before the collision.
The Desert Sun reports Huerta has a history of speeding and reckless driving.
He had been pulled over three times in the past year for speeding. Ronnie Huerta Jr. also was convicted in 2016 and 2017 for other moving violations – including running a stop sign, talking on a cell phone while driving and making an unsafe lane change. His license was suspended on Dec. 4 due to negligent driving and failure to appear in court, according to the Associated Press.