A 28-year-old Palm Desert man was killed early Tuesday in an alcohol-related crash between a big rig and a Ford Mustang, and the car’s driver was in custody, authorities said.
The victim, a passenger in the Mustang whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene on the right shoulder of westbound Interstate 10 east of Golf Center Parkway at 1:30 a.m., according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.
Cory Radecki, who was at the wheel of the 2007 Mustang, was driving at an unknown “high rate of speed” and lost control of the car, said Officer Ramon Perez of the California Highway Patrol.
The car slammed into the back of a big rig and both vehicles came to a stop on the right shoulder of the highway, Perez said.
Radecki’s front passenger, who was wearing his seatbelt, sufferedinjuries leading to death, according to Perez. Radecki, who was also wearing his seatbelt, was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
The driver of the big rig was uninjured and was able to drive his vehicle away, Perez said.
Radecki was later arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to jail records.
He was being held at the Indio Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.