Cathedral City Police Department Press Release

Injury/Traffic Collision 2304C-2100 Press Release

Date: April 13, 2023

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Cathedral City Police Department (760) 770-0300

Issuing Employee: Commander Julio Luna
Type of Case: Injury Traffic Collision
Date/Time Reported: April 13, 2023
Location of Occurrence: Date Palm Dr/ Tortuga Rd.

City of Residence:

Synopsis of Incident:
On Thursday, April 13, 2023, Officers responded to the intersection of Tortuga Rd/ Date Palm Dr. regarding a single-vehicle roll-over collision. On arrival, officers determined the vehicle struck a power pole on the west side of the road severing the pole at the base. Officers immediately closed off Date Palm Dr. in both directions (north and south) and had CCFD Paramedics tend to the driver. The driver was extricated and transported to Desert Hospital with moderate injuries to lower extremities. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Southern California Edison (SCE) is on scene to replace the power pole. Date Palm Drive will remain closed for about 4 hours until the power lines and pole are rendered safe. Per Edison, the damage should not affect service the neighborhood or surrounding businesses. All traffic on Date Pam Dr. has been diverted at Tachevah Dr and Tortuga. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes of travel to avoid traffic delays.

If you have information related to this incident or believe you may have information, please contact the Cathedral City Police Department at (760) 770-0300; or via the Cathedral City Police Department website at:; or email You may also report information anonymously through Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers, by calling (760) 341-STOP; or through the WeTip hotline at: 1-(800)-78-CRIME or Some tip information may qualify for a cash reward.

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