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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Tuesday December 27th, 2022 :: 10:16 a.m. PST


Traffic Collision on Twentynine Palms Highway Sends Two Drivers to the Hospital

DATE/TIME: December 25, 2022 / 1:05 p.m.

INCIDENT:  Traffic Collision (Minor Injuries)

LOCATION: Twentynine Palms Highway & Lear Avenue, Twentynine Palms


VICTIM(S): Howard Snowden, 81-year-old Male Resident of Twentynine Palms
                     Enrique Garcia-Gomez, 21-year-old Male Resident of Glendale, Arizona

SUMMARY: On Sunday, December 25, 2022, deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station assigned to Twentynine Palms responded to the intersection of Twentynine Palms Highway and Lear Avenue for a two-vehicle traffic collision involving a 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz and a 2022 Dodge Challenger.

Through investigation, deputies determined the driver of the Hyundai, identified as Howard Snowden, made an unsafe turn onto Twentynine Palms Highway and collided with a Dodge Challenger.  The 21-year-old driver of the Dodge Challenger, Enrique Garcia-Gomez, sustained minor injuries to his neck and lower back and was transported to the High Desert Medical Center.  Snowden was also transported to the hospital.  

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. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go to

Refer: R. Quiroz Falcon

Station: Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station 

Phone No. (909) 366-4175

Case No. 202201966

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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