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Posted on: February 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fatal Traffic Collision


Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Fatal Traffic Collision
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:February 1, 2020Time:3:30 PM
Incident Date:January 31, 2020Time:9:44 PM
Incident Location:Cook Street x Desert Horizon, Indian Wells
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Randy Vasquez
File Number(s):J200310022

On Friday, January 31, 2020, at approximately 9:44 PM, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Palm Desert Station, responded to a report of a traffic collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian in the area of Cook Street and Desert Horizon, Indian Wells. Upon the deputy’s arrival they located a 22-year-old white female adult suffering from injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle. The female suffered major injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, a 41-year-old white female adult, from Palm Desert, remained at the scene and was cooperative with the investigation, and was later released. 

The preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian was in the roadway when she was struck by the vehicle (Honda Minivan). The cause of the collision is still under investigation, and it is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in this collision. 

The identity of the deceased will be released by the coroner’s office once positive identification can be established. 

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Nicole Wilhite of the Palm Desert Station’s Traffic Team at (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident #J200310022. 

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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