Palm Springs police say a suspected drunken driver smashed his pickup truck head-on into a motor scooter in Palm Springs, killed the rider and fled with the scooter lodged to the truck's front.
The suspect, David Buckley Doyle, 55, of Palm Springs, was driving south in his 2004 GMC pickup truck on North Indian Canyon Drive, near Tamarisk Road, at about 11:34 a.m. Friday, Palm Springs police Lt. Mike Kovaleff said.
Doyle is suspected of veering his truck into the northbound lanes and into a 2008 Yamaha motor scooter heading the other direction. The rider was ejected and landed a distance away, and died at the scene, Kovaleff said.
The Riverside County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 53-year-old Mark Norton of Palm Springs.
Police found the GMC truck about a mile from the crash site with the motor scooter ``affixed'' to it in the 1400 block of North Indian Canyon Drive, Kovaleff said.
The fatal collision forced the closure of North Indian Canyon Drive between Alejo Road and El Alameda until 5:45 p.m., the lieutenant said.
Doyle was arrested and was booked on suspicion of drunken driving, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run driving. He remained in jail Saturday in lieu of $75,000 bail, records showed.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Palm Springs Police at (760) 323-8116.