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Published on May 12, 2024
Driver Killed in Early Morning Solo Vehicle Crash in La Quinta, Investigation UnderwaySource: Facebook / Riverside County Sheriff's Office

Tragedy struck in La Quinta early Saturday morning when a solo car crash claimed the life of a driver, authorities said. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department reported that the fatal incident occurred at the intersection of Monroe Street and Airport Boulevard around 2:25 a.m. when a white Kia sedan was found overturned on the sidewalk.

Sergeant Mark Chlarson from the Thermal Sheriff’s Station stated that upon arrival, deputies discovered that the vehicle had crashed into a curb and two trees before ending up on its roof. The driver, trapped inside the mangled car, was beyond help and pronounced dead at the scene by the emergency personnel. The name of the deceased has not been released, pending notification of next of kin. Details surrounding the cause of the crash, including whether intoxication was a factor, remain unknown.

The La Quinta Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team is diligently working to unravel the circumstances that led to the tragedy. Initial findings suggest that the Kia had been traveling southbound on Monroe Street before it apparently blew through the stop sign at Airport Boulevard. The Thermal Sheriff's Station is actively seeking anyone with information pertaining to the crash to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation.

Deputy I. Ramirez of the La Quinta Traffic Team is handling inquiries regarding the incident, with the Riverside Sheriff's Department urging witnesses to reach out at (760) 863–8990. Anonymous tips can also be made by calling (760) 341-STOP (7867) and citing incident number LA241320005. The department's Media Information Bureau is managing media inquiries related to this case.