Bicyclist dies after Palm Desert collision; both victim and driver worked for Marriott Resort

This past Tuesday, we mentioned that a bike rider had been seriously injured in a collision with a driver while riding in Palm Desert.

As often happens with reports from the Inland Empire, there was no information available.

For once, however, there was a follow-up report. Sadly, the news isn’t good.

Palm Spring’s KESQ-TV reports that the victim, identified as Diana Lynn Young, has died as a result of the crash.

According to the story, Young was a seven-year employee of JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. While it’s not mentioned, I’m told that the driver also worked for the resort.

The collision occurred around 6:10 Monday morning on eastbound Country Club Drive, between Cook Street and Portola Avenue, which is directly in front of the resort.

While there is a painted curbside bike lane, it’s on a street with a 50 mph speed limit, meaning any collision with a bicyclist or a pedestrian is likely to be fatal.

This is at least the 21st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third in Riverside County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the Diana Lynn Young and her loved ones. 

Thanks to Victor Bale for the heads-up.


  1. LAHauler says:

    Killed by a MOTORIST. Why do even you let them off so easily?

    • bikinginla says:

      This isn’t a case of letting the driver off easy. Right now, there’s no information available on what actually happened; even the report that both the victim and the driver worked for the Marriott came by word of mouth.

      However, you do make a point. I’m changing the first reference from hit by a car to say she was hit by a driver.

      And if it turns out the driver was responsible, I’ll be happy to hold her feet to the fire.

  2. JJD says:

    We offer up our prayers for the family and friends of Diand Lynn Young.

  3. Jim says:

    In the pbs midwives drama they ride bikes but live at the office. Unions can be blamed for there lack of onsite housing resulting in one killing another off campus. I so blame.

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