Man Killed After Rear Ending Big Rig in Coachella Identified

News Staff

Coachella, CA

A driver was killed when he rear-ended a big rig on Interstate 10 in Coachella Thursday. The crash happened at 5:04 a.m. on westbound Interstate 10, east of Dillon Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.

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The victim, a 23-year-old Indio man identified as Frank Mendez, was driving a 2011 Ford F-350 pickup truck when for unknown reasons his truck struck the back of a 2003 Sterling big rig in the right two lanes of the freeway, CHP Officer Mike Radford said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The driver of the big rig, 31-year-old Jannete Nunez of Zapata, Texas, was not injured in the crash. There were no passengers in either truck.

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The cause of the crash remained under investigation, but Radford said that both drivers were wearing seatbelts and that alcohol and drugs did not appear to be contributing factors.

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