Suspected drunk driver arrested following fatal crash along Highway 111 Friday evening

The California Highway Patrol reported that the crash took place on the northbound state road just north of Angel Canyon Drive.  A second vehicle went off the road into nearby bushes.

One person was killed and two children were injured in a multi-vehicle crash that left one vehicle overturned Friday evening on State Road 111 in Palm Springs.

 The crash occurred around 7 p.m. Friday on northbound State Route 111 south of Overture Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP said a 39-year-old Beaumont man was driving a 2018 Chevy Silverado and made an unsafe turning movement. The Chevy collided into the rear of a 2006 GMC Sierra that was parked on the right shoulder and was out of gas.

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The Silverado then overturned and landed on its wheels in the dirt shoulder, where the GMC came to rest as well, according to the CHP, which added
that both vehicles sustained major damage.  The GMC was occupied by a 10-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl, and a 45-year-old man. The man died at the scene, while the boy suffered major injuries and was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The girl suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the Silverado allegedly fled the scene after the crash and was later located at his residence. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, vehicular manslaughter, and hit-and-run causing injuries, according to authorities.

Palm Springs police shut the northbound lanes of North Palm Canyon (Highway 111) at Gateway Drive during the investigation. The roadway was back open Sunday morning.

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