Speed and driving without a seatbelt both contributed to a young man's death on Tuesday in Cabazon. A 19 year-old man from Los Angeles named Nicholas White was allegedly driving at speeds over 100 MPH on Seminole Road near the Desert Hills Outlet Mall when he failed to slow down for the traffic circle and struck the median. White was ejected from the green BMW and died at the scene.
There were four other young people in the car, two 19-year-old females, a 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, all also from Los Angeles. The four passengers were all wearing seatbelts and were not seriously injured, none of them even needed to be seen at the hospital.
The incident happened at almost 2:00 a.m. It has been noted that drug use may have been involved. Additionally, Mr. White may have been driving with a suspended license. The young adults were headed eastbound to the Morongo Casino at the time of the accident. This group of young people was lucky in that no other cars were involved in the tragic late-night drive.
It is important to pay attention and watch for drivers that may be impaired or driving at unsafe speeds. This is particularly true late at night and in the early morning hours. While, statistically, most accidents occur during the afternoon/evening rush hour, when it is dark and the roads are mostly clear, some drivers tend to think they can disregard the law. It is important to remain vigilant and continue to drive defensively, even late at night.