Update 12:09 a.m. Dec. 30, 2013:
Three men who died from injuries suffered in an allegedly alcohol-fueled crash were identified as Coachella residents.
Michael Garcia, 21, of Coachella, was the driver of the allegedly speeding sedan that struck a palm tree early Saturday in La Quinta.
He died at the scene of the crash and had been wearing a seatbelt, authorities said.
Orlando Diarte, 20 and also of Coachella, was a passenger in the sedan and died in the car, on the eastbound Avenue 52, about 1700 feet east of Madison St.
He also wore a seatbelt and was not ejected.
A second passenger, Eric Ceballos, 20, of Coachella, died at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital about two hours after the crash; the young man also wore a seatbelt, according to the Riverside County Coroner's office.
Alcohol was blamed for an early morning crash Saturday that instantly killed two people and led to the death of another at a local hospital, also critically injuring a fourth, authorities said.
The crash on Avenue 52, near Madison Street, in La Quinta, was reported at 1:10 a.m., according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Robert Pickowitz.
According to a written statement, a vehicle speeding east on Avenue 52 struck a palm tree in the center median.
Emergency crews found two people dead at the scene, Pickowitz wrote.
Two others were taken to local hospitals: one to John F. Kennedy Hospital by ambulance, the other was airlifted to Desert Regional Hospital.
One of the two died at a hospital; it was unclear whether the person airlifted was the one who later died.
The county coroner's office had not released a report Saturday morning.