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Press Release: Fatal DUI Traffic Collision
Agency: Coachella Police
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: October 13, 2017 Time: 11:45 PM
Incident Date: October 13, 2017 Time: 6:34 PM
Incident Location: Harrison Street and Cairo Street, Coachella
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Robert Castro
File Number(s): Y172860058
Coroner's Release: 2017–11473


Victor Damian Reyes

On Friday, October 13, 2017, at 6:34 PM, officers from the Coachella Police Department responded to a report of a traffic collision on Harrison Street and Cairo Street in the city of Coachella.

A vehicle being driven by Victor Damian Reyes, age 28 of Indio, was making a left turn onto eastbound Cairo Avenue from southbound Harrison street when it collided with a motorcycle traveling northbound on Harrison Street. The motorcyclist sustained major injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation revealed Reyes was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs. Reyes was booked at the Riverside County Jail in Indio for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs causing injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Coachella Police Department at 760-863-8990 or anonymous through Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867).

The Coachella Police Department encourages the motoring public to not operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. To report drunk drivers, please call 911.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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