A suspected drunk driver is believed to be responsible for a multi-vehicle crash that sent three people to the hospital Tuesday morning. About 9:30 a.m., Thomas Vincent, 42, of Yucca Valley, was driving a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 pick-up truck on Old Woman Springs Road in Yucca Valley when he drove into opposing lanes of traffic just south of Buena Suerte Drive and collided with a white Ford F-250 pick-up truck. A motorhome was also struck during the collision. Vincent and two occupants of the F-250 sustained serious injuries and were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. Highway 247 was closed for several hours during the investigation, and deputies say DUI is a possible factor in the crash.
There were multiple injuries in a crash on Old Woman Springs Road Tuesday morning. Just before 9:30 a.m., a white and silver pick-up truck collided on Highway 247 just south of Buena Suerte. The silver truck ended up in the culvert on the east side of the highway; the white pick-up truck ended up in the side of the hill on the west side of the highway. The crash is expected to close Old Woman Springs Road for about three hours while deputies investigate the crash. The occupants of the vehicles suffered major injuries and were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
A Lancaster convicted felon was arrested during a traffic stop in Yucca Valley after a deputy found a loaded pistol in his car. About 11 p.m. Saturday, November 28, a deputy made a traffic stop on a car driven by Melvin Washington, 48, near Old Woman Springs Road and San Juan Road. Washington had an active warrant for his arrest and is also a convicted felon. The deputy saw a loaded firearm on the passenger front seat. Melvin Washington was arrested for investigation of being a felon in possession of a firearm and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $75,000.
Off-road vehicles are not allowed on any county service area roads and can only be ridden on private property with the written permission of the property owner. But there are areas nearby where you can legally ride your ORV. Hilary Sloane reminds residents to ride responsibly…
The Sheriff’s Department reminds residents that the operation of off-highway vehicles is regulated. County Ordinances say groups of 10 or more OHV users must obtain a “Staging Permit” from Code Enforcement. The use of OHVs on private property requires written permission. Open OHV riding is permitted in the Bureau of Land Management or BLM managed Johnson Valley OHV recreation area, 20 miles north of Yucca Valley on Highway 247 at Boone Road. OHV use is also allowed on several BLM designated routes throughout the Morongo Basin. Locations of these routes and use restrictions can be found on the BLM’s website at BLM.gov under the Barstow Field Office area.
Updated 8:45 a.m. September 3
A man was killed early Wednesday morning when he was hit by a car on Old Woman Springs Road in Yucca Valley. The man, who has not yet been identified, was crossing Old Woman Springs Road, outside of a crosswalk, when he was hit by a 2018 Hyundai Elantra at 3:39 a.m. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Sheriff’s Department Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating. Anyone with information should contact Deputy Crowl at 760-366-4175.