INDIO, Calif. - UPDATE: The Riverside County Sheriffs Department says a 22-year-old man injured in the crash has died from his injuries. Desert Hot Springs resident Jesus Moreno died just after 9:30 Tuesday night, at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
A 23-year-old man accused of causing a Desert Hot Springs car crash that injured six people, one of them critically, was charged Tuesday with drunken driving causing injury.
Brandon Byars of Palm Desert was arrested at the scene of the two-vehicle crash that occurred at 8:20 p.m. last Thursday at the intersection of Ironwood and La Mesa drives.
Two passengers in Byars' minivan were hospitalized -- a man in critical condition and a woman with moderate injuries, according to Sgt. Corinn Lindsey. A man and his three children in the other vehicle suffered minor injuries and were checked out at a hospital before being released, Lindsey
She said officers determined that Byars, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and arrested him at the scene.
Byars pleaded not guilty this afternoon to the DUI charge and will return to court Oct. 25 for a felony settlement conference. The criminal complaint includes sentence-enhancing allegations of causing great bodily injury to the victims, including two of the children, a 13-year-old girl and 9-
year-old boy whose names were withheld.
Byars was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.