Traffic collision claims one life

CATHEDRAL CITY — Officers were dispatched to the 67300 block of East Palm Canyon Drive regarding a single-vehicle traffic collision, shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, according to Sgt. Daniel Anes.

Officers arrived and discovered the driver of the vehicle was deceased at the scene.

Traffic investigators responded to the scene to assume the investigation.

A red Toyota sedan was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed when the driver drifted off the roadway. The vehicle hit a Southern California Edison power pole and rolled over. The power pole and power lines were knocked down. At this time, it is not known if drugs or alcohol was a factor in this collision.

East and westbound lanes were closed while Southern California Edison made the scene safe and traffic investigators completed their investigation. East Palm Canyon was reopened at 8:45 a.m.

The identity of the driver is being withheld until the Riverside County Coroner’s Office notifies the driver’s next of kin.

The traffic bureau requests any witnesses or persons with information to contact Officer Brooke Kohrell at 760-770-0300 ext 728.

If you have information related to this incident or believe you may have information, please contact the Cathedral City Police Department at (760) 770-0300; or via the Cathedral City Police Department website at:; or email

You may also report information anonymously through Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers, by calling (760) 341-STOP; or through the WeTip hotline at: 1-(800)-78-CRIME or Some tip information may qualify for a cash reward

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