Fatal Hit-and-Run Not Reported Until a Second Vehicle Hits Thousand Palms Man

Fatal Hit-and-Run Not Reported Until a Second Vehicle Hits Thousand Palms Man

THERMAL – A 30-year-old Thousand Palms man was struck by two vehicles and killed while walking on HIghway 86 authorities said. Brandon Cooper was walking northbound on the shoulder of the highway south of 84th Avenue on Sunday evening.

Cooper was struck by an unknown vehicle and the driver fled the scene, Authorities do not know who the driver is at this time or at what time the incident occurred. At around 11:15 p.m. w 38-year-old Cathedral City woman was driving a 2005 Ford Mustang when she hit the pedesttian who was left lying in the right northbound lane of Highway 86. The driver stopped and reporteed the incident. When the California Highway Patrol and emergency medical personnel arrived they determined that Cooper had died as a result of his injuries.

The driver of the Ford was not injured as a result of the collision. The collision remains under investigation and authorities believe that alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in the original collision. Anyone who believes that they have information that may be related to the incident should call the CHP officer at 760-772-5300 and ask for Officer Cotteen.

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