A driver accused of killing one cyclist and injuring another at this year’s Tour de Palm Springs has been charged with murder.
Ronnie R. Huerta, 21, allegedly plowed into a group of riders after losing control of his car, a Ford sedan, during the February race in Southern California. Witnesses told authorities that Huerta was speeding at more than 100 mph when he veered off the road, striking two cyclists before rolling over.
One of the crash victims, 49-year-old Mark Kristofferson, was pronounced dead at the scene. His girlfriend, fellow cyclist Alyson Lee Akers, 50, was seriously injured and airlifted to a nearby hospital with lacerations to her head.