Brandon Gurel Killed in Accident on Highway 74 in Palm Desert


Brandon Gurel Killed in Palm Desert Collision on Highway 74

Brandon Gurel Killed in Palm Desert Collision on Highway 74

Palm Desert, California – Brandon Gurel, 18, of Palm Desert was killed in a traffic collision on Monday, November 9, in Palm Desert, according to the CHP.

The incident occurred at around 12:50 p.m. when David Valk, 21 of Palm Desert, was driving a gray 2002 Jaguar XKR eastbound on Highway 74.

Valk was unable to negotiate a curve due to his speed and lost control. The vehicle rotated clockwise, hit the mountainside and overturned.

Gurel, who was a passenger in the Jaguar, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Valk and another juvenile, who was also a passenger, were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

Valk is facing charges of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. 

The incident is under investigation.

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.”

“Usually, clients hire me immediately after their first consultation because they quickly figure out that I will treat them like family. I lift a weight off their shoulders immediately. That is my job. We simply leave no stone unturned – period. We go after everyone and everything. There is no other way to ensure justice,” Mr. Khodaverdian states.

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.”

Mr. Khodaverdian is the recipient of numerous accolades including one of the: Top 10 Wrongful Death Settlements in CA in 2019; Top 10 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements in CA in 2019; Top 10 Truck Accident Settlements in CA in 2019, and Top 10 Motorcycle Accident Settlements in CA in 2019. He is a Berkeley graduate and proud personal injury and wrongful death attorney. He is personally available 24/7 for free, no-obligation consultations and second opinions by calling 800-984-4123. He can also be reached via email using the contact form on this site.