Jones’ vehicle struck two trees before colliding into the backyards of two apartments and came to a rest when it struck the rear of the second apartment. Two victims who were initially struck by the vehicle, a 40-year-old female and her 14-month-old daughter succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Two other victims who were in the backyard at the time of the collision, a 7-year-old male and 6-year-old male, were struck by debris from the vehicle and transported to area hospitals. There is no indication that any other vehicles were involved in this collision.
The officer made an enforcement stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver who was identified as Rogelio Rosales, 21, of Santa Rosa. The officer noted signs of intoxication and began a DUI evaluation. Rosales was found to be on probation for a previous DUI conviction. He was subsequently arrested and booked on charges of DUI, violation of probation, and being under the influence while on DUI probation.
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Responding officers located the suspect vehicle a few minutes later traveling east on Country Club Drive near El Dorado Drive and they detained the driver to conduct an investigation. The driver of the Mercedes, 48-year-old Todd Crowe of Palm Desert, was eventually arrested for driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor hit and run. Crowe was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio after being medically cleared at a local hospital. The driver of the black truck was uninjured in the collision.
A silver Chrysler 300 was traveling northbound on Harrison Street, in the southbound lanes. In order to avoid the Chrysler, three other vehicles collided with each other.
The driver of the Chrysler, Cosme Diaz, 51 of Coachella, stopped at the scene of the collision.
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