INDIO: Maria Vera, 56, Perishes in Big-Rig Collision on 10 Freeway
INDIO, California (Monday, February 8, 2016) – Maria Vera, 56, died in a tragic traffic collision on eastbound Interstate 10 Freeway. Ms. Vera and her brother, Axel Veras, 33, both Palm Desert residents, had been in a minivan rollover collision, according to Press Enterprise. The incident was also reported in both the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner and the Riverside County Fire Department.
She had collided with a concrete divider near the exit ramp. The Desert Sun News reported that as police officers were rescuing her from the overturned vehicle, a big-rig truck entered the safety enclosure erected around the site of the accident and plowed into the minivan. An officer saw the truck and called out warning. Mr. Veras and the two other officers at the scene jumped behind the concrete barrier before the truck impacted with the wreckage of the minivan.
The fatal accident is being investigated as a case of reckless driving. The truck had been traveling about 50 miles per hour. The driver, Robbie Macias, 53, was detained by the police for questioning. He was not however arrested.
The incident took place this morning at about 6:30 a.m., according to an incident report by the California Highway Patrol, Indio. The roadway was closed for over six hours.
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