3 Killed and 7 Injured in a Fatal Accident in Palm Springs, CA
May 15, 2023

Riverside County, California (Palm Springs, CA) – On May 14, 2023, three individuals died including two minor girls, while seven others sustained injuries in an incident on the 10 Freeway in Riverside County, CA.

The incident occurred at 7:30 a.m. Whitewater, which is roughly 15 minutes northwest of Palm Springs. California Highway Patrol officers rushed to the incident on the eastbound 10 Freeway, just west of Haugen-Lehmann Way. Based on a CHP press release, a 31-year-old male from Indio was driving eastbound on the 10 Freeway, west of Haugen-Lehmann Way, in the number three lane in a black 2022 Tesla Model 3. A 39-year-old Anaheim man driving a red 2001 Chevrolet Suburban was heading in the same way in the number two lane when the cars collided for an unexplained cause, which investigators are still investigating.

The impact led the operator of the Suburban to lose control and crash into the center barrier. The hit forced the car to tip, ejecting six of the occupants. A seventh individual was thrown out in part. At the scene of the accident, a 10-year-old child, a 12-year-old girl, and a 31-year-old lady were pronounced dead. Four additional passengers, including a 3-year-old child, a 7-year-old girl, an 11-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old guy, suffered serious injuries and were airlifted to a hospital, according to officials. The Suburban’s operator received moderate injuries, while the 41-year-old passenger had minor injuries. The announcement stated that “all passengers within the Chevrolet were related and residents of Anaheim, California,” and that early evidence indicates that not all of the occupants in the Suburban were using “safety restraint systems or seatbelts.” The 31-year-old driver of the Tesla was unharmed in the collision. Officials did not specify whether alcohol or drugs had a role in the accident.

The 10 Freeway was severely congested as eastbound lanes near Main Street were stopped for investigation and cleaning. Traffic was redirected from Main Street to Railroad Avenue, from which vehicles could re-enter eastbound Interstate 10 on Haugen-Lehmann Way. At 3:30 p.m., all eastbound lanes of the 10 Freeway had been restored.

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