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2 men charged in connection with 2018 crash that killed cyclist in Rancho Mirage

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Two men have been charged in connection with a 2018 crash that killed a cyclist in Rancho Mirage.

According to a felony complaint from the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, vehicular manslaughter charges have been filed against 21-year-old Luis Armando Castaneda and 23-year-old Alex Isidro Quiroz.

Quiroz and Castaneda were allegedly at fault in a high-speed accident that killed 32-year-old Cathedral City resident William Campbell on December 13, 2018. The collision was reported near the intersection of Ramon Road and Rattler Road.

"The defendants did willfully and unlawfully and without malice while engaged in the driving of a vehicle in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony, with gross negligence, and while in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death, in an unlawful manner, with gross negligence, kill W. Campbell," read an excerpt from the complaint.

The complaint also alleges that Quiroz fled the scene of the collision.

News Channel 3 Chief Photographer Christopher Flicker witnessed the accident, which sent Campbell flying from his bike by the force of impact.

According to the California Highway Patrol, one involved driver admitted to speeding because the second driver was attempting to run him off the road. Neither driver was identified at the time of the collision and initial investigation.

The complaint also lists two warrants; defendant #1's warrant is listed at $35,000, while defendant #2's is listed at $80,000.

At the time of this publication, neither suspect was in custody.

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