One driver was injured in a head-on crash and another driver was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI late Thursday in Coachella, a sheriff's sergeant said.
The crash was reported at 9:55 p.m. Sept. 12 on Avenue 54 west of Tyler Street, Sgt. J. J. Gaw, of the sheriff's Thermal Station said in a statement.
Deputies responded and determined from witness and driver statements the driver who caused the collision was eastbound on Avenue 54, trying to pass a slower-moving vehicle, Gaw said.
"As she did so, she struck an oncoming, westbound
vehicle head-on," Gaw said. "The driver of the other vehicle sustained visible
neck injuries and complained of pain throughout her entire body."
injured driver was a female Hispanic juvenile, and she was transported to a hospital for treatment in stable condition, Gaw said.
causing the collision, identified as Olivia Bray, 26, was not injured, Gaw said.
"Further investigation revealed that Bray was under the
influence of alcohol at the time of the collision," Gaw said. "Bray was arrested
for felony driving under the influence causing injury. Bray was
booked at the Riverside County jail in Indio."
Avenue 54 was closed for about one hour while the roadway was cleared. An update on the injured driver was not available Friday.