Three people from San Diego were on their way to Indio for the Coachella music festival Thursday morning when their auto crashed into a freeway embankment in Banning, leaving an 18-year-old woman dead and a 16-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
A BMW that was split in two in a crash on a Riverside County freeway was carrying three young San Diegans headed to Indio for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, including an 18-year-old woman who was thrown from the auto and died at the scene, authorities said Friday.
The 18-year-old woman who died was identified as Ginevra Gallone-Latte and the 16-year-old girl, Manuela Cerciellorahbari, was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
The California Highway Patrol said 21-year-old Cesar Hernandezozuna was speeding when his BMW drifted onto the dirt shoulder.
“The severity of the collision severed the vehicle into two pieces, ejecting the 18-year-old, rear passenger”, the statement says.
The driver attempted to steer the BMW back onto the freeway, but the auto went over an embankment and crashed into two trees, which “severed the vehicle into two pieces”, the officer said. The victim’s name had not been released as of late Friday morning.
Though the vehicle was found “loaded with food, alcohol and camping gear”, CHP investigators don’t believe alcohol or drugs were contributing factors in the crash, he said.
Officers ruled out alcohol and drugs as contributing factors in the crash but had not determined the cause, the CHP said.