23-Year-Old Joshua Tree Man Dies Following Suspected DUI Crash

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PALM SPRINGS – A suspected DUI crash took the life of a 23-year-old Joshua Tree man on Tuesday officials said. At around 2:00 a.m. Palm Springs CHP officers responded to a two-vehicle collision near Gene Autry Trail and Ramon Road. When they arrived they located the badly mangled vehicles; a 1994 GMC pickup and a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria in the roadway.

Through investigation, they learned that the GMC driven by Austin Ulshafer, 29 of Cathedral City, was driving eastbound on Ramon Road, approaching Gene Autry Trail. A 25-year-old man from Indio was driving the Ford southbound on Gene Autry Trail, at Ramon Road. For reasons that remain under investigation, the front of the GMC struck the front of the Ford at the intersection.

A 23-year-old Joshua Tree man, who was a passenger in the Ford sustained major injuries and was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injuries. Both drivers sustained only minor injuries and also were transported Desert Regional Medical Center.

Ulshafer was arrested and booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for suspicion of driving under the influence. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact Officer Jacquelene Quintero at (760) 772-8911.

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