Fatal Traffic Collision on State Route 111


chp badgeEL CENTRO – On Saturday, November 16, 2013 at around 8:20 p.m., Jose Cruz Chavez, age 28 of Calexico, was driving a 1998 Ford Taurus the wrong way on State Route 111, South of McCabe Road.

Chavez was traveling North bound, in the #1 lane of the South bound lanes.

Passenger, Miguel A. Duarte, age 45 of El Centro, was driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra in the #1 lane South bound of State Route 111.

Due to Chavez driving the wrong way, both vehicles collided head-on.

Both drivers were transported to Desert Regional Hospital by REACH Air Ambulance.

Duarte suffered from blunt force trauma to the chest and head, he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Chavez is under investigation for driving under the influence of alcohol and remains at the hospital with major injuries, including fractures to the left arm, both legs and trauma to the chest.

This traffic collision is still under investigation.