Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the mysterious case of a crash with a missing driver. About 3:18 a.m. Saturday morning, the driver of a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms. As the driver approached Lear Avenue in the number one lane, the truck collided with a 2009 Toyota Tacoma that had been abandoned in the number one lane. The driver of the Toyota was not at the scene. The driver of the Dodge pick-up truck was not injured in the crash, but both vehicles had to be towed. Deputies are seeking the driver of the Toyota, which has Wisconsin license plates FA6938. Anyone with information should call Deputy Lomboy at 760-366-4175.
We have a little more information about a fatal crash in Twentynine Palms. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a Twentynine Palms man was driving a Toyota pick-up truck on Valle Vista Road when he lost control for unknown reasons near Monte Vista Street. The truck left the road and rolled over; the driver was ejected from the truck and was pronounced deceased at the scene. County Fire Captain Danny Stamps said the crash happened sometime Sunday night/Monday morning; paramedics were called to the scene at 6:44 a.m. Monday morning when the crash was discovered. The victim’s identification has not been released yet pending notification of next of kin.
A man was killed sometime during the night in a single-vehicle rollover crash east of Twentynine Palms. County Fire Captain Danny Stamps said the vehicle appeared to be traveling eastbound on Valle Vista near Bagdad Highway when the crash occurred. The vehicle was not spotted and called in until 6:44 a.m. this morning. Z107.7 News will have more information when it becomes available.
A 24-year-old Twentynine Palms man who is suspected of driving under the influence caused a two-vehicle crash, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies were called to the intersection of Highway 62 and Tamarisk Avenue at 6:38 p.m. Friday. Deputies say Alexander Chavez was driving a Nissan sport utility vehicle southbound on Tamarisk Avenue when he broadsided a Volkswagen sedan traveling east on Highway 62 through the intersection. Deputies determined that Chavez was exhibiting signs of intoxication and was driving under the influence of a combination of alcohol and drugs. Alexander Chavez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and was cited and released.
Updated 7:15 p.m. with information from the California Highway Patrol
A 15-year-old boy was injured when he was hit by a car in Morongo Valley Sunday morning. The California Highway Patrol said the Matthew Brake, of Morongo Valley, was jogging north on Park Avenue about 6 a.m. Brake was wearing dark-colored clothing and it was still dark. When Brake entered the crosswalk at Park and Highway 62, he was struck by a 2012 Hyundai Sonata driven westbound by Ramon Lomeli, 31, of Yucca Valley. Brake told Morongo Valley firefighters he misjudged the speed of an oncoming car as he was crossing the highway; he was hit in the number 1 lane as he crossed southbound. Lomeli, who stopped to help the boy, said he didn’t see Brake until it was too late. Family members said Brake suffered a broken pelvis and foot, along with road rash. He was transported by Morongo Basin Ambulance to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The CHP reminds residents to use caution when approaching crosswalks, and pedestrians should wear light-colored and reflective clothing during the hours of darkness.