57-Year-Old Female Pedestrian Hospitalized after DUI Crash near Sunrise Way

PALM SPRINGS, CA (February 6, 2023) – Wednesday, Mark Blanchette was arrested and a woman was hurt in a DUI crash on Tahquitz Canyon Way.

Officers responded to the scene around 8:30 p.m., near Sunrise Way. Upon arrival, units discovered the unresponsive woman lying in the roadway.

For DUI related reasons, the driver of a vehicle struck a female pedestrian who was walking across the street. Medics arrived and transported the woman to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

The driver, 59-year-old Mark Blanchette of Palm Springs, stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Officers arrested Blanchette and booked him into the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio for DUI.

Authorities closed down a portion of Sunrise Way just south of Tahquitz Canyon Way for several hours to conduct an investigation. Those with additional information can contact PSPD Traffic Division at 760-323-8125.

Thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination are essential in operating a vehicle safely. Never drive while impaired as the consequences can be devastating for you and for others. When buzzed or drunk, it is best to request an Uber, Lyft, or a taxi.

It is important to have strong legal representation on your side when injured in a DUI pedestrian accident. Reach out to the personal injury attorneys at Sweet James today. With 20 years of experience in the field, they know what it takes to help you win your case. Their team understands what you are going through, and they are here to help you seek justice and compensation. Call their office at (800) 975-3435 for a free and confidential case evaluation. You can reach them 24 hours a day and 7 days a week through email, text, and online chat. For more accident news, click here.

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