EL CENTRO – On Friday, December 13, 2013 at approximately 2:50 a.m., California Highway Patrol responded to a traffic collision that resulted in major injuries on Evan Hewes Highway, East of Bennett Road.
Upon the arrival of the California Highway Patrol, the Highway Patrol personnel located an unoccupied Toyota Tundra that sustained major front end impact facing in a North Easterly direction blocking both lanes of travel.
Additionally, the Highway Patrol located a Ford Ranger on the North shoulder of the roadway that also sustained major front end damage.
Ralph A Cowings, age 51 of El Centro, the driver of the Ford was lying on the ground next to his vehicle. Cowings had sustained major trauma that included lacerations, abrasions and contusions to the upper torso.
Cowings was cared for by medical personnel, and then transported from the scene by REACH Air Ambulance to Desert Regional Medical Center for ongoing medical aid.
California Highway Patrol personnel continued to search the area for the Driver of the Toyota Tundra, with the assistance of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department, Border Patrol, Border Patrol K-9 and OHV team and the Imperial Irrigation District, but no one was located.
While removing the vehicle’s from the scene, California Highway Patrol personnel located information linking Jose A Castro, age 30, of El Centro, to the collision.
California Highway Patrol pursued information on the subject for further investigation.
Upon clearing the scene, the Highway Patrol personnel responded to NAF El Centro for follow up investigation where they located Castro Limping on the East shoulder of Bennett Road, North of Evan Hewes Highway.
After contacting Castro, the Highway Patrol was able to determine Castro was not only the driver of the Toyota at the time of the collision, but had also done so while under the influence of alcohol.
Castro was arrested for felony DUI and felony hit and run and was book into custody after receiving clearance for booking.