On May 23, shortly before 7 a.m., a 33 year-old man from Rialto was driving a silver 2010 Nissan Sentra eastbound on I-10, west of the Desert Hills Inspection Facility (DHIF).

At the time of the collision, a significant amount of rain was falling in the area.

The Rialto man was traveling eastbound in the #1 lane at approximately 70 MPH.

Other traffic in the area was traveling at 55 MPH or less due to the rain and reduced visibility.

As the man moved from the #1 lane to the #2 lane to pass slower moving traffic, he lost control of the Nissan. The vehicle spun out of control and went over the south embankment where it collided with a tree.

Although wearing a seatbelt, the driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene Cal-Fire paramedics (Coroner case number 2019-06423). 

Alcohol and/or drugs have not been ruled out as contributing factors in the cause of this collision.

The incident is being investigated by CHP Officer J. Montez.

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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