Passenger Killed in Drunk Driving Crash

One person has died as the result of a drunk driving crash in Desert Hot Springs Tuesday night. Police have identified 22-year-old Jesus Moreno as the victim who was critically injured in the accident. He died from his injuries shortly after the crash.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Ironwood Drive and La Mesa Drive around 8:20 p.m. According to police, 23-year-old Brandon Byars was driving under the influence when he crashed his minivan into another vehicle at the intersection.

6 People Injured in Drunk Driving Crash

Two of Byars’ passengers, including Moreno, were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center. Moreno died just after 9:30 p.m. The other passenger suffered moderate injuries. A man and his three children in the other vehicle all sustained minor injuries in the drunk driving crash. They were all released from the hospital Tuesday.

Police arrested Byars and charged him with drunken driving causing injury. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and will return to court later this month.

“Because he made the decision to drink and drive, this young man will have to live with the permanent consequences of his actions. Our hearts go out to 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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