A possibly-drunk motorist drove his pickup truck into opposing traffic on a Palm Desert street and rammed another pickup head-on, killing him and his woman passenger, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said today.
The second truck’s driver and two boys inside survived.Firefighters received a call at 9:38 p.m. Saturday about the collision on Washington Street, nearly 800 feet south of Avenue 38.
The allegedly drunken driver was publicly identified only as a 41-year-old Indio man. His 1999 Chevrolet Silverado was south on Washington when it inexplicably crossed into the path of a 2006 GMC Sierra that was hauling a trailer in the opposite direction, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel Hesser said.
The Indio man was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office reported.
His passenger, a 29-year-old Indio woman, was in her seat belts but died of her injuries at the scene, Hesser said.
Their names were not made public pending family notification.
The driver of the Sierra and the two boys inside, ages 6 and 12, escaped with minor injuries.
The collision was under investigation but Hesser said the driver of the Silverado may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.