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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Thursday May 12th, 2022 :: 02:52 p.m. PDT


Indio Resident Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Collision with a Road Grader in Twentynine Palms

DATE/TIME: May 12, 2022, at approximately 10:38 a.m.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collison  

LOCATION: Lear Avenue / Two Mile Road, City of Twentynine Palms
VICTIM(S):  20-year-old resident of Indio

SUMMARY: On Thursday, May 12, 2022, at approximately 10:38 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station responded to Lear Avenue and Two-Mile Road for a two-vehicle traffic collision. 

Deputies discovered a Subaru wagon, traveling south on Lear Avenue, collided into the rear of a Caterpillar road grader, who was stopped in the southbound lane of Lear Avenue, waiting to make a left turn onto Two Mile Road. The driver of the Subaru was pronounced deceased on the scene by medical personnel. The driver of the road grader did not sustain injuries. 

The Morongo Basin Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) responded, and the investigation is ongoing. The victim’s identification is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer: Deputy J. Sumpter

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

Case No. 202200697

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Emergency: 9-1-1

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