On Wednesday morning at about 6:20am, a 23-year-old man was driving east on Interstate 10 in Desert Hot Springs. When he missed a bend in the road, his 1999 Toyota Tercel diving off the road and into an embankment. His car then hit a boulder and overturned. The California Highway Patrol and Riverside County Coroner’s Office are unsure why he missed the curve just past the Whitewater Cutout. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He suffered fatal head injuries, says the CHP. A coroner official was called to the scene after the CHP officer could not find the driver’s pulse. According to the Desert Sun, he was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.
Authorities are still unsure what caused the crash. An open beer bottle was found in the vehicle, however this doesn’t confirm whether the crash was alcohol-related. Officials are waiting to declare the event as induced by alcohol until a toxicology report confirms or denies this suspicion. A coroner’s autopsy is currently underway to determine if alcohol was involved or not. As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I am glad no one else was harmed in this terrible crash. I interested to learn the cause of this man’s car collision.