Man pleads not guilty in deadly hit and run crash

Felony charges filed against 55-year-old David Buckley Doyle

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Felony charges were filed Wednesday against an allegedly intoxicated and drugged driver accused of ramming his pickup truck into a motor scooter in Palm Springs on Independence Day, killing the rider and fleeing with
the scooter lodged in the truck's front.

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David Buckley Doyle, 55, of Palm Springs, pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to one count each of DUI gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, and hit-and-run causing death.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Ronald Johnson raised his bail from $75,000 to $250,000 and scheduled a July 21 felony settlement conference.

Doyle was driving south in a GMC pickup truck on North Indian Canyon Drive, near Tamarisk Road, about 11:35 a.m. last Friday when he allegedly veered into northbound lanes and into a Yamaha motor scooter heading the other direction, Palm Springs police Lt. Mike Kovaleff said.

Mark Norton, 53, of Palm Springs was ejected and landed a distance away. He died at the scene.

Police found the truck about a mile from the crash site with the motor scooter ``affixed'' to it, Kovaleff said. Doyle was arrested shortly afterward and booked into the Larry D. Smith
Correctional Facility in Banning.

The criminal complaint alleges that he was driving ``under the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and a drug,'' but didn't specify what those were.

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