Cathedral City woman injured, 2 killed in Highway 60 crash

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BEAUMONT — A Cathedral City woman has life-threatening injuries from a crash that killed her two passengers Wednesday night on Highway 60 in Beaumont.

About 7:20 p.m., Tiffany Ayala, 34, was driving west on Highway 60 near Jackrabbit Trail when an unidentified vehicle made an unsafe lane change in front of her, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash is being investigated as a non-contact hit-and-run, CHP Officer Darren Meyer said. The driver did not stop and “may not have known they caused a collision,” he said.

Ayala lost control of her Toyota Camry and drove off the road before crashing into a tree.

The passengers killed were only identified as a 19-year-old Artesia woman and a 36-year-old Las Vegas man.

According to the Riverside County coroner’s office, the man was not wearing a seat belt. Both victims were thrown from the car. The woman was pronounced dead at 7:46 p.m., and the man was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m.

Ayala was trapped in the car and she used her cell phone to call family members in Cathedral City, according to the CHP. The family members dialed 911.

Ayala was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

The CHP asked anyone with information to call (951) 769-2020.

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