UPDATED: Fatality in Early Morning Freeway Crash

An SUV collided with a big rig on the westbound Interstate 10 in Whitewater.

UPDATED: The collision occurred on westbound I-10, west of SR-62 and east of White Water Cutoff.

The Freightliner truck was towing a utility semi-trailer in the #3 lane at approximately 50 miles per hour, said CHP spokesman Darren Meyer. The brown SUV, driven by 33-year-old Samuel Felix of Calipatria, approached the truck at what was initially estimated to be 70 miles per hour. Felix rear ended the truck. The passenger in the SUV, a 62-year-old man also from Calipatria, was killed on impact. 

Feix, suffering from major injuries, was transferred to Riverside Regional Medical Center where he was arrested for driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter. The driver of the truck, Sergiy Savchuk, 56, of Oceanside, was not injured.


An SUV collided with a big rig early monday morning, killing one person.

The crash happened on at around 3:40 a.m. on the westbound I-10 in Whitewater, said Cal Fire spokeswoman Jody Hagemann. Cal Fire arrived on the scene to cut and rescue the two people trapped in the SUV. One of the passengers died on the scene while the other is in critical condition and was transported by paramedics to the hospital.

Four Riverside County Fire engines and 13 fire fighters responded to the scene, along with CHP and American Medical Response.

No further information is currently available.


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