Driver ran red light in deadly Thermal crash

One person killed, two others injured in

THERMAL, Calif. - Authorities released new information on a two-vehicle crash that left one person dead, two others injured in Thermal Wednesday night.

The crash was reported shortly after 8 p.m. near the intersection of HWY 86 and 62nd Avenue.

According to California Highway Patrol public information officer, Mike Radford, Cynthia Rodriguez,20, from Mecca was driving a 2014 Nissan Versa northbound on Highway 86 when she failed to make a stop at the intersection of 62nd Avenue. Rodriguez struck the right side of a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant that was driven by a 33-year-old female as she was heading eastbound on 62nd Avenue.

The right front passenger of the Mitsubishi, identified as Gloria Lopez, 52, of Mecca, was killed by the crash.

The driver of the Mitsubishi suffered major injuries, Rodriguez suffered minor injuries and both were transported to Desert Regional Medical Center.

This collision is still under investigation.  Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor.  

According to a CHP press release, cell phone distraction may have been a factor, but it is not confirmed at this time.

All parties involved in the collision were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.  

This was the second deadly accident Wednesday evening. At 6 p.m., a motorcyclist died when the crash into an SUV in Banning. Police are treating it as a hit and run.

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