LA QUINTA, California – Three young Coachella men are dead and one hospitalized with major injuries Saturday following a high-speed single-vehicle crash after the driver slammed into a palm tree on Avenue 52 just east of Madison Street, according to a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner Department.
Just after 1 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2012, driver Michael Garcia, 21, of Coachella was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the tree, the report said. Garcia and passenger Orlando Diarte, 20, also of Coachella died at the scene of the crash about 1:15 a.m.
A second passenger, Eric Ceballos was transported by ambulance to John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital where he died at 3:12 a.m.
A third unidentified passenger suffered major injuries and was air-lifted by helicopter to Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs.
La Quinta Police Department responded to the fatal crash and determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and La Quinta Police Department would like to remind the public to celebrate responsibly over the New Year’s Eve Weekend, and that alcohol-impaired driving leads to serious injuries and deaths.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the La Quinta Police Department and Thermal Station at (760) 863-8990.
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