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Teens killed in DUI collision north of Indio identified

Two teenagers were identified early Monday after being killed in what police say was an alcohol-related traffic collision the day before.

The Riverside County Coroner's Office identified the two as Valeria Castellanos and Jade Torres, both 17 and both from Indio. Both were passengers in a vehicle that went off the and road collided with a tree.

CAL Fire reported the collision in an unincorporated county area north of Indio at 5:33 a.m. Sunday along Dillon Road and Berdoo Canyon Road.

Officials say the driver suffered major injuries, was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be cut from the wreckage. The CHP says the driver was under the influence of alcohol and had been speeding up to 90 miles per hour before the wreck.

The driver was flown by Mercy Air Ambulance (Mercy18) to an area hospital with major injuries. Both Castellanos Valerie and Torres died at the scene. The CHP is overseeing the investigation.

Stay with KESQ News Channel 3 as we learn more about this incident.

KESQ News Team


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