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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Monday November 28th, 2022 :: 07:16 p.m. PST


Two Vehicle Traffic Collision Sends Both Drivers to the Hospital; Cause is Under Investigation

DATE/TIME: November 24, 2022 / 6:20 p.m.

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

LOCATION: Buena Vista Drive and Avalon Avenue, Yucca Valley


VICTIM(S): Melanie Schneider, 43-years-old, Yucca Valley Resident Jacqueline Burdick, 49-years-old, Morongo Valley Resident

SUMMARY: On Thursday, November 24, 2022, at about 6:20 p.m., Morongo Basin Station deputies responded to the intersection of Buena Vista Drive and Avalon Avenue in Yucca Valley for an unknown injury traffic collision. 

During the investigation, deputies discovered a white Honda Fit, driven by Melanie Schneider, collided with a grey Nissan Maxima, driven by Jacqueline Burdick. After the collision, Schnieder's vehicle rolled onto its passenger side before coming to rest in the eastbound lane of Buena Vista Drive.  Burdick's vehicle ran over a stop sign before it came to rest in the driveway of a residence near the intersection. 

As a result of the collision, Schneider was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center, in Palm Springs, and Burdick was transported to Hi-Desert Medical Center, in Joshua Tree, for treatment of their injuries. Schneider and Burdick were both properly restrained in their vehicles. Neither alcohol or drugs appeared to be a factor in the collision.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).

Refer: W. Greer

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Phone No. 760-366-4175

Case No. 232202413

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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