A 36-year-old Palm Springs man had been arrested after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian with his truck while he was under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, according to Palm Springs police authorities.
Police said it is still confusing as to why there was no blood test done following the car crash which killed 66-year-old Ricardo Cole, of Palm Springs.
The driver refused requests to submit to a blood test following the crash incident on Forest Hill Boulevard west of the Congress Avenue, Palm Springs police said.
The 36-year-old driver’s bail was set at $150,000 on one count of a DUI manslaughter. He could also be put on house arrest, the judge said.
The incident had occurred at dusk. According to an arrest report, the driver had struck Cole (the victim) while he was crossing Forest Hill in an area without using a crosswalk. Cole had sustained head injuries and was confirmed dead about an hour after the crash had happened, according to reports from both the Florida Highway Patrol and the Palm Springs police department.
Anyone with information relating to the crash is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol or the Palm Beach Police Department.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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