YUCCA GRADE — California Highway Patrol officers responded to a fatal automobile accident at 9:44 p.m. Sunday night on Twentynine Palms Highway on the Yucca Grade just east of Samel Road.

According to a CHP press release, a 32-year-old male from Twentynine Palms was driving a blue, 1999 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound on the highway.

A 28-year-old Yucca Valley woman, Gina Hannah, was driving a gray, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta westbound on the highway, approaching the Chevy from the opposite direction.

Prior to the crash, witnesses described the Chevy as driving “recklessly.” They described the Chevy as driving eastbound in the westbound traffic lanes at a high speed. The reason is not yet known.

The crash occurred when the Chevy hit the guardrail attenuator separating the two sides of the highway. The vehicle rolled over and sustained major damage.

During the crash, the unrestrained male driver was ejected from the Chevy and suffered fatal injuries. The mans name has not yet been released.

The crash propelled debris into the westbound traffic lanes where it struck the windshield of the Jetta causing minor damage to Hannah’s vehicle. Hannah was uninjured.

The Chevy came to rest blocking the eastbound traffic lanes.

CHP arrived on the scene and began diverting traffic around the crash.

It is unknown at this time, if alcohol or drugs are a contributing factor in the cause of the crash.

Anyone with information regarding the events of this crash is encouraged to contact the CHP at (760) 366-3707.

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