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Two drivers sought for hit-and-run following collision on Highway 86

April 09, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA

Staff Writer

DESERT SHORES — California Highway Patrol officers are searching for two drivers wanted for felony hit-and-run stemming from a single accident Monday.

The accident occurred at 3:11 p.m. Monday on Highway 86 north of here and left a 17-year-old male and a 22-year-old man with major injuries.

According to a Highway Patrol press release, a small pickup traveling around 86 mph on the highway and carrying five or six people collided with another vehicle, a large sedan, also traveling north on 86 and carrying four people.

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The passengers in both vehicles are thought to be undocumented immigrants and drivers of both vehicles fled the scene of the accident, the Highway Patrol states.

For unknown reasons, the Highway Patrol reports, the driver of the pickup swerved to the left and off the roadway, onto the dirt median. While attempting to regain control, the pickup overturned.

The Highway Patrol states the second vehicle struck the right side of the overturned pickup.

Those injured were traveling in the pickup — the teen, of Puebla, Mexico, and the 22-year-old, Everado Fernandez, whose residence was listed as New York City.

The two or three other passengers in the pickup, as well as the driver, fled the scene on foot, the Highway Patrol reports.

All four traveling in the sedan also fled on foot. However, two passengers — Tomas Clemente, 27, of Puebla and Gus Hernandez, 19, of the state Mexico — were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Highway Patrol Officer Carlos Davila said authorities are not sure if the two vehicles were traveling together. He added it is not uncommon to see several vehicles loaded with illegal immigrants traveling together.

The accident is still under investigation.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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