One person received minor injuries in a four-vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Wednesday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, Joseph McCloskey Jr., 42, of Twentynine Palms, was driving westbound on Highway 62 about 11:49 when he ran the red light at Park Boulevard and the highway. His 2013 Nissan Altima struck a 2016 Kia, driven by Farah Korhonen, 19, of Joshua Tree, who was driving southbound on Park Boulevard. Inside Korhonen’s vehicle was a 1-year-old child, also of Joshua Tree. McCloskey’s Nissan glanced off the Kia and continued westbound, and struck two vehicles that were stopped eastbound at the traffic light. One vehicle was a 2019 Subaru Cross Trek, driven by Carrie Baldwin, 38, of San Dimas; the other vehicle was a 2010 Toyota Camry, driven by Michael Badalian, 41, of Twentynine Palms. After the collision, Lucrecia Badalian, 33, of Twentynine Palms, the passenger in the Camry, was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center with minor injuries. Korhonen was the only one not wearing a seat belt.
A Garden Grove man, believed to be high on drugs and towing a stolen trailer, was arrested following a crash in Yucca Valley Tuesday morning. Deputies say Michael Holman, 55, was driving a Jeep Liberty and towing an enclosed trailer when he crashed into a Ford F150 pick-up truck and the trailer rolled onto its side. According to deputies, Holman and his passenger, Jacquelyn Quintanilla, 30, also of Garden Grove, were determined to be under the influence of drugs. And, deputies learned, the trailer had been reported stolen from a Boy Scout troop in Irvine, and the all-terrain vehicle inside the trailer had been reported stolen in Westminster. Deputies also found more stolen property belonging to the Boy Scout troop inside the trailer. Michael Holman and Jacquelyn Quintanilla were arrested for investigation of being in possession of stolen property, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and released on $25,000 bail.
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 pedestrian was injured crossing the highway Tuesday in Twentynine Palms. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the driver was making a left turn onto Highway 62 from a gas station east of Adobe Road about 5:15 p.m. when a man wearing dark clothing, who was not identified, crossed the highway south to north. The driver told deputies she tried to stop but she hit the pedestrian at about 10 miles per hour. The man was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for complaint of pain to his back and neck.