Two Killed, Nicole Packer Arrested in Morongo Valley DUI Collision
MORONGO VALLEY, CA (June 16, 2019) – A suspected DUI collision claimed the life of two teenagers Wednesday evening, on Highway 62 near Rosella Drive.
The two-vehicle accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Dispatchers arrived to the area shortly after.
According to reports, an eastbound gray 2018 Toyota Prius tried to make a left turn into the Circle K, located at the intersection. There, the driver eventually collided with a westbound white 2018 Ford Fiesta.
The Ford was only occupied by the driver, 33-year-old Nicole Packer, of Morongo Valley. However, four occupants were inside the Toyota at the time.
The driver of the Prius, 49-year-old Colin Campbell of Los Angeles, suffered major injuries as a result of the impact.
Furthermore, the front-seat passenger later identified as 49-year-old Gail Lerner of Los Angeles, had moderate injuries.
The passengers in the back seat, aged 14 and 17, suffered major injuries due to the impact.
According to reports, the 17-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries around 12:10 a.m., on Thursday. However, her name has not been released.
Paramedics transported the 14-year-old boy to Desert Regional Medical Center for further treatment. He was also later airlifted to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital where was eventually pronounced dead.
Emergency responders rushed the driver of the Prius and his passenger to Parker Desert Regional Medical Center for further treatment.
According to CHP reports, Packer traveled at a high rate of speed prior to the collision. She sustained major injuries, and was later arrested her for driving under the influence causing injury, a felony.
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of the deceased victims during this difficult time.
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