CATHEDRAL CITY, California – Police arrested a Newport Beach man suspected of driving under the influence after he struck and killed Lourdes Jauregui, 39, of Cathedral City early Saturday morning on Date Palm Drive between Converse Road and Gerald Ford Drive, according to a Riverside County Sheriff Coroner press release.
Jauregui died at the scene of the pedestrian crash about 1:50 a.m., the Coroner report said.
James Coley was arrested by police at the scene of the pedestrian accident. Coley had admitted to police that he was drinking earlier that night at a Palm Springs bar prior to the crash, according to several news reports. Police are also seeking a potential witness to the crash who was traveling with Jauregui and fled the scene, news reports stated.
The pedestrian accident took place near the Palm Springs Oasis RV Park in Cathedral City located in Coachella Valley and part of Riverside County, California.
“Police will seek to locate the witness to this crash as well as gather evidence against this alleged drunk driver,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Drivers who are reckless, drinking or distracted can be cited and charged with criminal acts if they injure or kill someone on the roadway.”
Witnesses are asked to call police at (760) 770-0300.
Drunk Driving Statistics
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, some 791 people died because of drunk drivers out of a total of 2,715 people who were killed in traffic accidents in California in 2010.
Nationwide there were 10,228 deaths attributed to alcohol impaired driving in 2010, the NHTSA reports. Some 32,885 people died in traffic accidents nationwide. While the numbers are staggering, deaths from drunk drivers were actually down nearly 5% in 2010 compared to 2009.
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