Rafael Torres Dies after Palm Desert Collision on Portola Avenue and Gerald Ford Drive 


Rafael Torres Killed in Palm Desert Crash at Portola Avenue and Gerald Ford Drive 

Palm Desert, California – A man from Coachella died after being involved in a traffic collision at Portola Avenue and Gerald Ford Drive in Palm Desert on Saturday night.

The authorities have identified the victim as 51-year-old Rafael Torres.

At about 9 p.m. July 11, CHP said Torres was driving a 1990 Jeep eastbound on Gerald Ford Drive when he was involved in a crash with a 2019 Honda heading north on Portola Avenue.

The Honda was being driven by a 32-year-old Palm Desert woman.

The impact of the crash ejected Torres from his vehicle. 

Torres was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Honda and her passenger, a 30-year-old man from Southgate, were both hospitalized with serious injuries.

The CHP is working to determine the cause of the crash.

Arin Khodaverdian, CEO and Managing Attorney of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights. Swift action by an intelligent and experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

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While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. We have numerous other 6-figure settlements within 30 days. While these results are atypical and do not predict future outcomes, justice in these cases helped bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the families.”

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