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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:43 pm

YUCCA VALLEY — A man was charged with felony hit-and-run Tuesday, Oct. 2, for allegedly driving into a woman walking on El Dorado Avenue, seriously injuring her, Sunday, Sept. 30.

A car ran into Tyla Gower, 42, of Yucca Valley, shortly before 9 p.m. on the 6400 block of El Dorado Avenue. Deputies called to the incident at 8:57 p.m. found Gower suffering severe injuries to her head and legs, Deputy Chris Coillot said in a news release.

The driver had left the scene.

No witnesses came forward at first, but after a door-to-door search that Coillot called extensive, deputies were able to get a description of the suspect vehicle.

Coillot recognized the car because he had been conducting extra patrols in the neighborhood as a member of the Multiple Enforcement Team. He found the house where he had seen the vehicle, and deputies found the car allegedly used in the crime.

The homeowner, 45-year-old Douglas Davis of Yucca Valley, was found outside of the Oasis of Eden Motel in Yucca Valley about two hours after the crash. Davis was arrested at 11:17 p.m. and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail on a felony charge of hit-and-run causing injury.

At Davis’ first appearance in court Tuesday morning, judge Frank Gafkowski entered a plea of not guilty for Davis and confirmed his bail at $50,000.

He is due back in the San Bernardino County Superior Court Oct. 9.

Gower remains at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where she was taken after the crash.

“My leg is broken in half, my pelvis is shattered and I have 22 stitches and 17 staples in my head,” Gower said via telephone Tuesday afternoon.

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  • Bob Mateski posted at 12:33 am on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    Bob Mateski Posts: 313

    This story is incomplete, was the driver distracted or was he driving impaired?
    I hope the woman who was run down recovers quickly, I also hope we get a clearer picture of why this driver deceided to flee the scene after striking her with his car.
    In my opinion anyone who flee's the scene of an accident is a coward and should be held to a higher level of punishment, if the laws are not strong enough to deter these cowards then the punishment should be doubled!

  • Zagloba posted at 5:11 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    Zagloba Posts: 72

    Yucca Valley needs more sidewalks. It also needs citizens who know how to walk down the street. Driving near the high school yesterday, a young lad thought he would show off to his friends by purposely walking down the center of the street, despite traffic and low-light conditions. I hope he doesn't end up in a wheelchair like the kid I saw later in the day.


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