Cathedral City Police Department Press Release

Vehicular Homicide Trial / Verdict from 2016 case

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Issuing Employee: Commander Paul Herrera – 760-770-0308 –
Type of Case: Vehicular Homicide TriaI Verdict / #1602C-5796

Original Incident Reported: February 24, 2016 / 2000 hrs.
Location of Occurrence: Del Taco / 67700 Block East Palm Canyon, Cathedral City, CA


Name:   Caryn Clemente (deceased)
Age:     50
City of Residence: Palm Springs, CA


Name:   Emanuele Trombini
Age:     27
City of Residence: Palm Desert, CA

Emanuele Trombini

A Palm Desert man was convicted of murder today in the 2016 traffic-related death of Caryn Clemente, 50, of Palm Springs. The trial (which took place at the Riverside County Courthouse / Banning Justice Center, Banning CA) stems from a high-speed collision that occurred on February 24, 2016 in Cathedral City.

Emanuele Trombini, 27, of Palm Desert, was traveling in excess of 100 mph in the 67700 Block of East Palm Canyon when he struck Clemente’s vehicle, as it merged from the Del Taco parking lot.  Clemente was killed instantly, and her sixteen-year old son received critical injuries requiring extensive medical treatment. Cathedral City Police Investigators determined Trombini was under the influence of marijuana and Alprazolam when he was driving.

Testimony included several law enforcement officers from various valley agencies who had written Trombini speeding tickets for high rates of speed, illustrating a pattern of unsafe and reckless driving.

Trombini has been in the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department since March of 2016 after being arrested by the Cathedral City Police Department Traffic Bureau, held on a one million-dollar bail.

This collision was investigated by the Cathedral City Police Department’s Traffic Bureau with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.).

Sentencing is scheduled for October 24, 2019 and will likely entail a sentence of fifteen-years to life.

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