3 Fatal Collisions Occur Over the Weekend in Coachella Valley
There were three fatal collisions in the Coachella Valley over the weekend along a stretch of highway notorious for deadly crashes. The crashes occurred along Highway 62 and I-10 near Desert Center. Once crash resulted in two deaths, and the other two crashes each had one fatality.
Head-On Crash on Eastbound Highway 62
The first fatal crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. Friday. According to police, an 18-year-old male driver was traveling east on Highway 62 in a white Dodge Ram when he entered the westbound lane. He collided with an oncoming red Dodge Ram driven by a 56-year-old man. The man in the red truck was killed, as was a 20-year-old female passenger inside the white truck. The driver of the white truck suffered major injuries and was airlifted to the hospital.
Passenger Ejected from Big Rig on I-10
Another fatal accident occurred around 11 p.m. on I-10, one mile west of Highway 177. A 43-year-old man was traveling east in a big rig, when the truck went off the road and rolled over. A passenger in the big rig was ejected during the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man has been identified as 67-year-old Jose Antonio Gutierrez-Avila. The driver of the big rig was hospitalized for moderate injuries.
Driver Struck Outside Big Rig on I-10
The third fatal crash occurred around 6:30 a.m. Saturday on eastbound I-10 near Eagle Mountain Road. Police say a 55-year-old man from Idaho was driving a big rig on the highway when he pulled over for unknown reasons. The man exited his vehicle and was struck by a Ford U-Haul. He died at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio shortly after.
“Our hearts go out to the loved ones of these victims. We hope officials take the necessary steps to improve these roads sooner rather than later,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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