On June 16, 2019, at approximately 7:11AM, a 57 year-old woman from Brawley, Calif., was driving a black 2003 Ford Explorer westbound on I-10, west of the Whitewater rest area.

In the right front seat was Sharon McEvoy, a 76 year-old woman from Oregon. In the right rear seat was Wayne Wager, a 61 year-old man from Brawley.

All three occupants were wearing seat belts.

The Brawley woman was driving westbound in the #4 lane, at approximately 70 m.p.h.

For reasons yet to be determined, she allowed her vehicle to drift off the north road edge and onto the north dirt shoulder. The vehicle went over the north dirt embankment and collided with a tree. All three people in the vehicle were trapped inside the wreckage.

The 57 year-old driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased by Cal-Fire paramedics at the scene. 

Both passengers were ground transported by AMR to Desert Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.

Alcohol, drugs, distraction, mechanical failure and fatigue have not been ruled out as contributing factors in the cause of this collision. 

The #4 lane was closed for approximately an hour as CHP personnel investigated the collision scene and removed the damaged vehicle.

For further information, telephone interviews, and/or questions contact Public Information Officer Darren Meyer at (951) 769-2000 ext. 238, or after hours at (916) 407-7511.


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