Palm Desert, CA
Investigators Monday were trying to determine what led a motorcyclist killed on state Route 74 to veer directly into the path of a car that struck him, throwing him from his bike.
John Devlin, 50, of Palm Desert, was killed just before 3 p.m. Sunday on westbound SR 74, east of Vista Point, a windy, two-lane stretch of highway heading south of the Coachella Valley.
California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Radford said Devlin, for “reasons still under investigation,” traveled into eastbound traffic, directly into the path of a 2010 Toyota Prius driven by 57-year-old Pauma Valley resident Susan Shoup, who was uninjured.
Devlin was wearing a full face helmet and protective gear, but died of the scene, according to Radford, who said alcohol and drugs did not appear to be contributing factors to the crash.