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Three people hurt in two-vehicle collision

February 10, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Three people were injured in a traffic collision near here early Saturday and the California Highway Patrol has reported the crash was alcohol-related.

The collision occurred about 8:59 a.m. Saturday at Forrester and Keystone roads.

According to the Highway Patrol, Feliciano Llamas Quintero, 26, of Borrego Springs was driving a car north on Forrester when he allowed it to drift off the road.

A Highway Patrol press release alleges Quintero, who had a suspended license, was driving under the influence and was unable to maintain control of his car.

When he tried to steer back onto the road, he overcorrected and lost control, causing the car to collide with the Westside Main Canal bridge guardrail.

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The car then spun into the southbound land of Forrester and into the path of a sport-utility vehicle driven by a 49-year-old Cathedral City resident whose name was not available.

The two vehicles collided and Quintero, the driver of the SUV and a passenger in the SUV, a 26-year-old Huntington Beach resident, were injured.

All three were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley for treatment. The two in the SUV suffered minor injuries. They were treated and released.

Quintero suffered moderate injuries and was still being treated at Pioneers on Saturday, according to the Highway Patrol.

There were three other people in the SUV — a 22-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old. They were not hurt. All are from Huntington Beach and their identities were unavailable.

Quintero was arrested by the Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license.

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