Authorities today released the name of one of two people killed in a head-on collision in Palm Desert that may have been alcohol-related.
Indio resident Christine Chandler, 29, and the 40-year-old driver of the pickup truck she was riding in died at the scene of the crash, which was reported about 9:40 p.m. Saturday March 1 on Washington Street south of Avenue 38.
The name of the driver, who was also from Indio, was being withheld pending notification of his family, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.
The man, who may have been under the influence, was southbound on Washington when the Chevrolet Silverado he was driving crossed into the path of a GMC Sierra that was hauling a trailer in the opposite direction, California Highway Patrol Officer Joe Zagorski said.
The driver of the Silverado was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected by the force of the collision.
Chandler was wearing a seatbelt and wasn’t thrown from the truck, according to the CHP and the coroner’s office.
The driver of the GMC truck, Mathew Davis of Hemet, and the two children in his vehicle were transported to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage with minor injuries, Zagorski said.
In response to the collision and others in the area, the CHP will double the number of officers on patrol in the Coachella Valley area in the coming weekend, he said.