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Issuing Employee: Commander Paul Herrera – 760-770-0308 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Type of Case: Traffic collisions / #1911C-0024 and #1911C-0173
Date Reported: Nov 1, 2019
Location of Occurrence: 30th and Landau & Cathedral Canyon and Ortega, Cathedral City, CA
On Nov 1, 2019 at approximately 0552 hrs., Cathedral City Police (CCPD) and the Cathedral City Fire Dept. responded to the area of 30th / Landau for a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. Officers discovered a 65-year old male suffering from injuries. The male pedestrian was walking on the sidewalk when he was struck by a vehicle that left the roadway. The driver of the vehicle returned to the roadway and drove away without stopping. The male pedestrian suffered major injuries to his lower legs and was treated at the scene by Cathedral City Fire Paramedics and transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment.
A short period of time later, officers located a vehicle in the area of Ramon Rd. / Canyon Vista that had struck a retaining wall and hard landscaping in the area. The vehicle was abandoned and had matching physical damage and evidence linking it to the earlier collision with the pedestrian. Cathedral City Police continued their investigation and eventually identified – and located – the driver of the vehicle and arrested him for felony hit-and-run charges. He was identified as Christian Basilio-Romero, 20, of Cathedral City.
On Nov 1, 2019 at approximately 1631 hrs., CCPD and Cathedral City Fire Dept. responded to the area of Cathedral Canyon / Ortega Road for a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. Officers discovered a 68-year old mother and her 14-year old daughter (both Cathedral City residents) were crossing Cathedral Canyon within the crosswalk (which has flashing warning lights that were activated), when they were struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was a 71-year old Cathedral City resident, traveling northbound. The driver stopped after the collision and was cooperative with the police investigation. Alcohol and/or drugs are not a factor in this collision and the investigation is on-going. The mother and daughter were transported to a local hospital – the juvenile female had minor injuries and her mother suffered serious injuries and is still receiving medical treatment at this time.
No other information is available at this time. No other information regarding the identities of the collision victims will be released.