Rancho Mirage Man Hit, Killed Walking on Bob Hope Drive

Police say the man was hit Wednesday, and succumbed to his injuries Thursday.

A 74-year-old Rancho Mirage man, struck by a car while walking on a Rancho Mirage Road, died Thursday from his injuries.

Barry Lind died about 1:15 a.m. at Desert Regional Medical Medical Center in Palm Springs, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office. He was struck by a Honda Fit about 8 p.m. Wednesday on Bob Hope Drive near Gerald Ford Drive, according to the sheriff's department.

The Fit was traveling south on Bob Hope when it struck Lind, who was walking in the road south of Gerald Ford, according to the sheriff's department.

Sheriff's Cpl. Angel Ramos said the driver stopped, and alcohol didn't appear to be a factor in the crash. The driver likely won't face charges, Ramos said.

"This investigation is continuing and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone that may have witnessed this collision to contact the Rancho Mirage Department's Traffic Division at 760-836-1600," a Thursday sheriff's press release stated.

--City News Service contributed to this report.

Sandra January 25, 2013 at 07:33 PM
I'm seeing that these accidents are becoming more and more frequent. I won't say that this is the case with this gentleman, however, I see more and more pedestrians walking across streets and through parking lots assuming that the drivers can see them. People are becoming less and less cautious with their behavior. I ALWAYS let the car go first, it's bigger and heavier than I am. Particularly in parking lots where one is backing out checking all sides to make sure not to hit another car, and then suddenly there's a person walking behind you in a blind spot. These pedestrians are so foolish to assume they can be seen.
Amazing Lies January 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Good point Sandra. Going a little further with that, I think it's extremely dangerous to teach children that they, as pedestrians, have right of way over vehicles. One only has to watch the behavior of families or adolescents in parking lots to see many potential 'accidents'. Teach the children (and adults) that there is such a thing as contributory negligence. Stepping into the road without thought for oncoming traffic or, for that matter, traveling in a vehicle without using your seat belt is also dangerous. 'Right of way' does not imbue a person with invulnerability. As you so rightly said, that right of way is only of use IF you can be seen and IF the vehicle is far enough away and traveling at a speed which will allow the driver time to both see you and react quickly enough to avoid a collision. Too many people seem to hold the opinion that 'It's my right and I'm going to take it', but unfortunately that can be a deadly expectation if the other person can't see you, or doesn't feel like allowing you that right, or is fed up with people walking along and expecting the world to stop around them. However, this is a horrible tragedy and my thoughts and condolences are with Mr. Lind's family and friends. Condolences and sympathy also to the driver, who, if not culpable, has certainly also suffered trauma.


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