Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reports that on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:20 AM, officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to a major injury traffic collision on Hovley Lane East and Corporate Way in the city of Palm Desert.
Officers and paramedics arrived within minutes and determined a bicyclist had been struck by a vehicle. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation revealed that a silver 2002 Porsche was traveling westbound on Hovley Lane East just west of Corporate Way when it struck the bicyclist.
The Porsche was being driven by Thomas Karl Doczi, age 60 of Rancho Mirage. Alcohol may have been a factor in this collision. Doczi was booked into the jail in the city of Indio for vehicular manslaughter.
The bicyclist, identified by coroner’s officials as Todd Barajas, 51, of Bermuda Dunes, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Palm Desert Police Department encourages all drivers not to drink and drive. To report drunk drivers, please call 911. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact Officer Conoway with the Palm Desert Police Department at (760) 836-1600, or they can call in anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) reference incident #T150380007
|First Name:||Todd||Age:||51 Years|
|City of Residence:||Bermuda Dunes||Next of Kin Notified:||Yes|
|Date of Death:||02/07/15||Time of Death:||0230||Hours|
|Date of Injury:||02/07/15||Time of Injury:||Unknown||Hours|
|Location of Death:||Westbound Hovely Ln, west of Corporate Way, Palm Desert 92260|
|Location of Injury:||Westbound Hovely Ln, west of Corporate Way, Palm Desert 92260|
|Agency Investigating:||Palm Desert Police Department|