Elderly Man Dies in Palm Springs Light Pole Crash

A Desert Hot Springs man died Monday after his vehicle crashed into a light pole near the Palm Springs Air Museum. The fatal accident occurred at 5:46 p.m. on the 700 block of Gene Autry Trail. According to police 83-year-old John Cheatham became trapped in his vehicle after he crashed into the light pole.

Firefighters extricated Cheatham from the crushed vehicle. He was then taken by ambulance to a hospital. Police confirmed Cheatham passed away from his injuries about 15 minutes later.

Light Pole Crash Shuts Down Gene Autry Trail for 5 Hours

Police closed Gene Autry Trail from Escena Way to Tachevah Drive. The road reopened around 10 p.m. It is unknown what caused the fatal collision or if there were other vehicles involved. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash should contact the Palm Springs Police Department at (760) 323-8116.

“Our thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones,” 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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