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Collision with Injuries on I-10


January 4, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – On Friday, December 30, 2016, at approximately 1228 hours, Bacilio Perez was driving his 1999 Ford Explorer eastbound on I‑10, west of the Mesa Dr. overpass, within the #1 lane, in excess of 70 mph. Lovelyn Thiha was driving her 2011 Honda Fit eastbound on I‑10, west of Mesa Dr. overpass, within the #2 lane, at approximately 70 mph, in front of Bacilio Perez. Bacilio Perez allowed his vehicle to veer into the #2 lane, as he was passing the Honda, and the right side of his Ford collided with the left front of the Honda.

As a result of the impact, Bacilio Perez lost control of his Ford in a south easterly direction, and entered the dirt and sand of the south shoulder of eastbound I‑10. After leaving the road, Bacilio Perez collided with the perimeter fence and overturned an undetermined amount of times on the south shoulder. Bacilio Perez and Cristal Perez were wearing their seatbelts (lap/shoulder) and a minor in the Ford was secured in a child safety seat, but the seat was not properly secured to the car. The child and the child safety seat were ejected from the car into the open desert. The child was transported by air to Phoenix Children’s Hospital with major injuries; and, the adults in the Ford were transported by air to Desert Regional Medical Center with major injuries.

After the Ford Explorer collided with the Honda, Lovelyn Thiha lost control of her car in a south easterly direction, entered the dirt and sand of the south shoulder of eastbound I‑10, and overturned an undetermined amount of times. Both the driver and her passenger, Ryan Thiha were wearing their seatbelt (lap/shoulder) and were uninjured in the collision.

Alcohol was believed to be a factor in this collision and Bacilio Perez was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. The collision and arrest is currently still under investigation.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



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