CHP Investigating Morongo Valley DUI 2-Vehicle Crash at Highway 62 and Senilis Avenue
Morong0 Valley, California (May 14, 2020) – Authorities have released the names of the two victims who were hurt following an alleged DUI traffic collision involving a 2003 GMC Yukon and a 2015 Jeep Cherokee in Morongo Valley Saturday evening.
As per the dispatch, the Jeep Cherokee was stopping at a red light when it was struck by the GMC Yukon that was driven by 33-year-old Woden Taggart-Chimitt eastbound on Highway 62 just about 8:00 p.m. May 9
Taggart-Chimitt, who was under the influence of alcohol, failed to slow down at the time of the collision.
The Jeep driver, 41-year-old Enrique DeLeon Haro, and his passenger 61-year-old Rosemary Haro were injured in the wreck. Both were transported to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs for medication.
The Yucca Valley resident, Taggart-Chimitt, was arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of DUI causing injuries.
The California Highway Patrol is still investigating to determine the cause of the accident.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle's hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.