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Suspected DUI driver pleads not guilty to murder charges for Palm Springs crash

A 41-year-old man accused of causing a DUI crash in downtown Palm Springs that left one person dead and six others injured pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Andrew Watson Hibbard of Portland, Oregon was arrested Monday at around 5 p.m. following a five-vehicle crash at the intersection of North Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo Road, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.

Andrew Watson Hibbard

Police said Hibbard, driving a conversion van, was speeding before he crashed into the rear of a Tesla that was stopped at a red light behind three other vehicles on Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo Road. The impact from the van forced the Tesla into another vehicle causing a chain reaction of collisions.

Leon Reynoso, 36, of Chula Vista was killed in the crash. His sister told News Channel 3 that Reynoso, a former Marine, was in town visiting friends.

On Thursday, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office charged Hibbard with one felony count each of murder and DUI causing bodily injury as well as sentence-enhancing allegations of injuring multiple victims.

Police told News Channel 3 on Tuesday that this is Hibbard's third DUI arrest. He had previous DUI arrests in Oregon and Palm Springs.

Hibbard made his first court appearance on Thursday, pleading not guilty to his charges. He is scheduled to return to court for a felony settlement conference on Feb. 16.

He remains in custody at the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio on $2 million bail.

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Jesus Reyes

City News Service

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