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Posted on: December 18, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Fatal Traffic Collision


Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Fatal Traffic Collision
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:December 18, 2019Time:8:00 PM
Incident Date:December 18, 2019Time:5:19 PM
Incident Location:Highway 111, south of Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Jose Tijerina
File Number(s):S193520044


On Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:19 PM, Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff Department, responded to the area of Highway 111 south of Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage regarding a major injury traffic collision.  Preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling southbound Highway 111 when the vehicle collided with a pedestrian in the roadway.  The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The motorist remained at the scene and cooperated with deputies.  At this time, alcohol and/ or drugs do not appear to be a factor.  The identification of the pedestrian will be pending the notification of the next of kin.  The investigation to determine the cause of the collision is ongoing.  

Anyone with any information regarding the collision or has further information is urged to contact Deputy Nicole Wilhite from the Palm Desert Station Traffic Team at (760) 836 1600. 

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

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff's 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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