Austin Ellington charged with DUI gross vehicular manslaughter
DESERT CENTER, Calif. (June 30, 2018) – David Chance, 57, of Banning, and Mariah Garcia, 20, of Anza, have been identified as the two people who died in a head-on crash with a suspected drunken driver on Highway 62, just east of state Route 177, according the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner.
The accident took place at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Following the collision, police later arrested driver Austin Bly Ellington, 19, of Anza. He is being held in lieu of $220,000 bail and charged with two counts of DUI gross vehicular manslaughter and six counts of DUI causing injury. On Tuesday, July 17th, police arrested Ellington at the hospital and he was scheduled to be arraigned in an Indio courtroom yesterday.
Ellington was allegedly driving a white Dodge Ram eastbound on state Route 62. At some point the vehicle drifted into the westbound lane and crashed head-on into a red Dodge Ram. Chance was driving the pickup truck and Garcia was a passenger in the vehicle. .
The Riverside County Fire Department responded to help, but sadly the two of them died at the scene. Ellington and one of his passengers suffered major injuries. They were both airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
Traffic Accident Investigation
At this time, it appears that the cause of this collision has been determined. Austin Ellington is going to be held responsible as he faces numerous criminal charges.
We extend our prayers to all those affected by this tragedy.
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