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Crash at Lovekin and 10th Ave

October 29, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif Ė On Tuesday, October 24, at about 4:44 p.m., Officerís from the Blythe Police Department, along with Blythe Fire Department and AMR, responded to the intersection of Lovekin and 10th Ave. regarding an unknown injury traffic collision. In-route to the call Officers were told one of the vehicles involved in the traffic collision was on its side and the driver was pinned inside the vehicle.

When police arrived, they saw a Cadillac Escalade, driven by Waymen Dekens, resting on the driverís side. The Escalade was facing in a north easterly direction in the northeast corner of the intersection. Officers located Dekens inside the vehicle and confirmed he was pinned in the vehicle. Members of the Blythe Fire Department and Blythe Ambulance worked together and extricated Dekens from the vehicle. Dekens was immediately flown out via Care Flight helicopter to Desert Regional Medical Center. The other involved vehicle was a 2004 Toyota Sienna van that was driven by Gabriela Thomas.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that Dekens was driving northbound on Lovekin Blvd. approaching 10th Ave. Thomas was driving eastbound on 10th Ave approaching Lovekin Blvd. Thomas neglected to stop at the posted stop sign and continued eastbound across Lovekin Blvd without yielding to Dekensí approaching vehicle. Dekensí vehicle and Thomasí vehicle collided in the middle of the intersection and both vehicles came to rest just north east of the intersection.

This traffic collision is still under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 922-6111.

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

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact Blythe Police Department at 922-6111, or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.

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