JOSHUA TREE MAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER IN PALMS SPRINGS

JOSHUA TREE MAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER IN PALMS SPRINGS

A Joshua Tree man was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver in Palms Springs early this morning. The California Highway Patrol said Austin Ulshafer, 29, from Cathedral City was arrested on suspicion of DUI after the two-car crash. CHP Investigators said Ulshafer was driving a GMC pickup truck eastbound on Ramon Road at about 2 a.m. Tuesday morning when he struck a Ford Crown Victoria within the intersection of Gene Autry Trail. Both vehicles sustained major damage in the collision. The passenger in the Ford, identified by the The Riverside County Coroner’s office as James Brown III, 23, was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center with major injuries. James Brown III was pronounced dead later Tuesday morning. Both drivers sustained minor injuries in the crash. Ulshafer was arrested and booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio on suspicion of driving under the influence. He now faces charges of Vehicular Manslaughter.

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