During the weekend, the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office identified the man killed in a solo car crash on Interstate 10 in California’s Palm Desert area. In a press release, the Sheriff-Coroner Chad Bianco revealed the victim’s name as Robert Heuer, 88, of Palm Desert.
Bianco stated that the accident happened around 8:13 p.m. on Thursday, October 1st, on the eastbound I-80 2/10 miles West of Monterey Avenue. He added that Heuer passed away at the crash site at 8:45 p.m.
In the car accident report, the California Highway Patrol stated that the victim’s car went off the roadway for unknown reasons and subsequently caught fire. Firefighters worked to extricate Heuer from the burning vehicle, but he was already unresponsive.
The highway patrol noted that the incident damaged at least 20 feet of guardrail. Three fire engines responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
Solo motor vehicle collisions are not uncommon on California roadways and affect both the young and old. Generally, elderly citizens from 65 years and above can drive well into their 80s without any mishaps.
However, accidents sometimes occur, making it imperative for older drivers to follow the safety guidelines released by law enforcement and traffic agencies from time to time. They include wearing a seat belt when in transit and maintaining the speed limit.
Get adequate rest before getting behind the wheel of a car, drive during the day, and avoid drinking and driving. Mute cell phones, limit other forms of distractions, pay attention to the road, and avoid driving during bad weather.
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