A fatal motorcycle crash involved a Palm Desert woman accused of driving under the influence of drugs and fleeing the scene after striking the victim, authorities said.
Dawn Louise Fleck, 56, is suspected of striking the motorcyclist on eastbound Interstate 10 near Bob Hope Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol. She’s being held without bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
At about 7:45 a.m. Friday, the motorcyclist was heading east on a 2006 Harley Davidson Road Glide when he “slowed down significantly, possibly to a stop,” according to the CHP.
The suspect approached from behind in a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser and struck the motorcyclist, who was pronounced dead at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
The Riverside County Coroner’s office identified him as Compton resident Robert Prudholme, 41.
Fleck, who suffered minor injuries, fled the scene, according to the CHP. She was arrested about 20 minutes later at an unspecified location after investigators received information from a witness.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder, vehicular manslaughter, DUI, hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license.
Full details on her driving record weren’t available, but Fleck has at least one previous arrest.
On March 1, 2013, she was arrested in Palm Desert on suspicion of DUI and causing a collision.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department had reported Fleck was driving a 2002 Toyota Tundra that struck the rear of a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The crash happened about 10:40 a.m. on southbound Washington Street at the entrance of Woodhaven Country Club, north of Hovley Lane.
Fleck is tentatively scheduled to appear in Riverside County Superior Court Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had an attorney.