Some drivers will tell you they’ve never seen a cyclist stop for a red light.
Yesterday, proving them wrong cost a 49-year old Palm Springs man his life.
Donald McCluskey was stopped at the red light on southbound Da Vall Drive at Ramon Road in Rancho Mirage around 12:15 pm Wednesday when a 2010 Chrysler Town and County minivan traveling in the opposite direction ran the red light.
The van overturned after it was hit by a 1998 GMC Sierra pickup traveling west on Ramon, plowing into McCluskey, as well as the car stopped next to him. He was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:40 pm.
Remarkably, Larry Wayne Goodman of Cathedral City, the driver who had the green light — not the one who ran the red light — was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence. No word on the identity of the Chrysler driver, who was hospitalized with moderate injuries, or why he blew through the light.
In other words, the two people who caused the collision were both breaking the law, while the person who died as a result of their actions apparently did everything right.
My deepest sympathy to Donald McCluskey and his loved ones.