Cathedral City Police Department Press Release

Vehicle Collision / Case #2102C-0968

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Issuing Employee: Sergeant Nate Hanley – 760-770-0328 –
Type of Case: Vehicle Collision / Case #2102C-0968

Date/Time Reported: February 4, 2021 / 1:10 p.m.
Location of Occurrence: 32500 block of Monte Vista Road, Cathedral City, CA.

Synopsis of Incident

On February 4, 2021 at 1:10 p.m., CCPD Officers and CCFD Firefighters were dispatched to a collision into a residence in the 32500 block of Monte Vista Road. Numerous callers also reported the vehicle was on fire and the driver was trapped inside. CCPD and CCFD responded immediately and arrived on scene moments later. Upon the arrival of CCPD and CCFD, there was an active fire in the garage and on the truck, which crashed through a garage door and into a residence. CCFD acted immediately by suppressing the fire and rescuing the trapped driver. CCPD shut down the intersection and evacuated the attached and nearby residences.

The investigation revealed Alfimedo Martinez (a 42-year-old Cathedral City resident) was driving his truck westbound on Corral Road. Martinez mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake on his truck. Martinez collided into two parked cars and then a residence on the south west corner of Monte Vista Road and Corral Road. Martinez had minor injuries and was transported from the collision scene to a local hospital for treatment. No other persons were injured during this incident. Currently there is no indication impaired driving was a cause of the collision.
The intersection of Corral Road and Monte Vista Road was closed for approximately 2 ½ hours. The intersection is now open to normal vehicular traffic.

If you have information related to this incident or believe you may have information, please contact Cathedral City Police Detectives at 760-770-0300 / Sergeant Nate Hanley at 760-770-0328 or via the Cathedral City Police Department website at:

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