Driver in Wrong Lane Causes Fatal Head-on Coachella Collision

A driver was killed in a head-on crash in Coachella Sunday morning. Police have identified 54-year-old Francisco Hernandez Cruz as the victim of the fatal crash. Cruz was driving his Pontiac south on Harrison Street when a northbound vehicle drifted into his lane and crashed into him.

The crash happened around 5:45 a.m. a mile south of Airport Boulevard. Cruz was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, a 21-year-old Thermal woman, was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital for major injuries.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is still investigating the head-on crash, but alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), wrong-way crashes account for only a small percentage of accidents, but they are much more likely to result in fatalities and serious injuries. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) determined the fatality rate for wrong-way crashes was 12 times greater than all other accidents.

“We’re so sorry to hear news of another fatal accident and hope that police will be able to determine the cause of the crash,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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