Source: The California Highway Patrol released more details Monday about a weekend crash that killed a La Quinta bicyclist. Mark E. Ledbetter, 44, and Chad M. Priest, 29, were riding side-by-side about 7 a.m. Saturday westbound in the 7900 block of Country Club Drive. The dividing line that marks the shoulder was between them, CHP Officer Joseph Zagorski said. Ledbetter was on the left. A Dodge Caliber was headed in the same direction when driver Anthony Peraza crashed into them just west of Avenue 42, Zagorski said. The front of the driver's side hit the back of Ledbetter's bike, and the passenger-side mirror hit Priest. Both men flew off their bikes and landed on the road. Peraza pulled over to the right shoulder to help the men, Zagorski said. Ledbetter died about 30 minutes later at the scene, according to the Riverside County coroner. Priest had bruises and cuts on his left arm and shoulder. The Indio man was treated at the scene. There is no bike lane on that stretch of road, but bicyclists have the right-of-way, the CHP officer said. “For some reason, he failed to avoid the bicyclists,” Zagorski said. “He's responsible to avoid them, and he didn't.” It is unknown how fast Peraza, 32, of Coachella, was driving. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Crash time: between 6 a.m. and 8:59 a.m.
Closest Intersection: Indio Blvd.
Land use: Urban
Road type: Urban Arterial
Where on the road the collision happened: Road
Collision type: Rear-end
Vehicle type: Automobile
If truck: Unknown
At crash time driver was: Operating the Vehicle in Careless or Inattentive Manner
SourcesSource: News Report
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