Third fatality on city streets in four days reported early Sunday

A 38-year-old Palm Springs resident died as the result of injuries suffered after her vehicle struck a utility pole off Gene Autry Trail early Sunday morning, one day after a bicyclist suffered life-ending injuries in the predawn hours along North Indian Canyon Drive.

In the Sunday incident, Palm Springs police said the woman was the lone occupant of the vehicle that collided with the pole at approximately 1:30 a.m.

“The Palm Springs Fire Department attempted to extricate the victim but she succumbed to her injuries at the scene,” said police spokesperson Lt. Gustavo Araiza. “At this point in the investigation, it is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a contributing factor.”

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The death was the second on city streets this weekend. On Saturday at about 5:40 a.m., police responded to Indian Canyon Drive between Garnet Avenue and Palm Springs Station Road where a vehicle had struck a bicyclist. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital with major injuries and died later that day. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

On March 17, a 71-year-old woman operating a mobility scooter died in South Palm Springs after being struck by a vehicle while she was in a crosswalk. The driver of the SUV that struck here also remained at the scene. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to have been a factor in the incident.

Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed Sunday’s incident or the incident on March 24 contact the Traffic Division at 760-323-8125. Anonymous information can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867.

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