OCOTILLO — A driver transporting undocumented immigrants in a sport utility vehicle fled the scene after crashing the vehicle near Highway 98 Wednesday.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the unidentified driver was heading north through the open desert at high speeds while transporting 14 undocumented immigrants.
As the driver approached Highway 98 four miles west of Mount Signal at 6:25 p.m., he made an unsafe turn, causing the SUV to overturn and come to rest on the south shoulder of the highway, according to the Highway Patrol.
The SUV landed on its roof, U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Manny Figueroa reported.
After the collision, the driver fled north on foot through the open desert.
The collision was witnessed by a Border Patrol agent parked on the south shoulder of Highway 98. The agent had not been following the SUV at the time of the accident, Figueroa said.