February 25, 2024
A Palm Springs Police cruiser on the scene of the lethal accident. Picture from Fb information launch

Police Tuesday recognized a 52-year-old man suspected of driving underneath the affect in a three-vehicle collision that killed three Escondido residents in September.

Initially, medication or alcohol weren’t suspected components within the crash, however police stated in an announcement Tuesday that following an investigation by its site visitors division, DUI fees have been filed in opposition to Shawn Michael Kirkpatrick and later authorised by the Riverside County District Lawyer’s Workplace in October.

“The Palm Springs Police Division expresses gratitude to the Site visitors Division for his or her exemplary investigative efforts, which have been instrumental in resolving this case,” police wrote.

Kirkpatrick was charged with three felony counts of DUI gross vehicular manslaughter and one felony rely every of DUI alcohol inflicting nice bodily harm and DUI alcohol of .08% or extra inflicting bodily harm, in keeping with court docket information. He moreover faces sentence enhancing allegations of inflicting nice bodily harm.

He pleaded not responsible to the costs Monday afternoon on the Larson Justice Middle and had his subsequent court docket look set for Jan. 4, 2024.

The victims have been recognized by the Riverside County coroner’s workplace as 32-year-old Yovani Aguilera Tapia, and 29-year-olds David Losacco and Millicent Lewis.

“As we prioritize the well-being of these injured and lengthen our help to the affected households throughout this difficult time, we remind all drivers to train warning and cling to secure driving practices, particularly when confronted with hostile climate situations,” the Palm Springs Police Division wrote in an announcement Monday.

Officers responded at 2:48 p.m. Sept. 3 to a report of a three-vehicle collision on North Gene Autry Path between Salvia Street and By way of Escuela within the wash space, in keeping with the Palm Springs Police Division.

Two autos touring north on Gene Autry slowed down because of “blowing sand,” however a 3rd automobile “didn’t decelerate, leading to a rear-end collision that led to a subsequent impression with the third automobile,” police stated.

The driving force and the 2 rear passengers within the different automobile have been fatally injured, in keeping with police.

The opposite folks concerned within the wreck suffered minor to reasonable accidents and have been taken to a hospital, police stated.

Kirkpatrick was arrested Thursday afternoon within the space of Civic Middle Drive and was booked into the John J. Benoit Detention Middle in Indio, the place he stays held with out bail.

Anybody with details about the wreck was urged to contact the division’s site visitors division at 760-323-8125.