At about 4:25 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 31-year-old Chad Dean, of Cathedral City, was killed and two people were injured in a DUI crash in Palm Desert. While speeding southbound on Washington Street in a Ford Ranger, 26-year-old Willard Douglas, of Indio, swerved to the left at Wildcat Drive, jumped the concrete curb, and struck a tree in the center divider. Dean, a passenger in the Ford, suffered fatal trauma in the crash. Douglas and a 26-year-old female passenger were seriously injured and transported to area hospitals. Douglas faces charges for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Authorities are investigating the accident.
The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 297 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Palm Desert in 2010. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 21 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death, with the OTS ranking Palm Desert 31st out of 93 cities for its incidence of DUI accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Across California, 2,720 people lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions in 2010.
Those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system. To learn more about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Chad Dean. They would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured in the crash.