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Press Release: Fatal Traffic Collision
Agency: Coachella Police
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: May 20, 2019 Time: 03:30 PM
Incident Date: May 20, 2019 Time: 6:54 PM
Incident Location: Grapefruit Blvd and Mitchel Drive
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Steve Davis
File Number(s): Y191370048


Estavan Jesus Donato

On Friday, May 17, 2019, about 6:54 PM, Coachella Police Officers responded to the area of Grapefruit Blvd and Mitchel Drive, reference a major traffic collision.  Jose Prieto, 75 of Coachella was pronounced deceased at the scene and Sofia Prieto, 74 of Coachella was pronounced deceased at a local hospital.  Another male was transported to a local hospital and remains in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation suggests that street racing was a factor in the collision.  On May 18, 2019, Estavan Jesus Donato, 27 of Coachella was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and booked at Indio Jail.   

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact, Officer McCoy at 760-863-8990 or Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867)

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


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