Yucca Valley Accident takes the life of young 29 Palms Man

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DATE/TIME: Monday, January 1, 2018 / 5:17 p.m.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision

LOCATION: Twentynine Palms Highway / Balsa Avenue, Yucca Valley

VICTIM: Benjamin Lawrenson, 21 years old, resident of Twentynine Palms

On Monday, January 1, 2018, at 5:17 p.m., deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a traffic collision in the area of Twentynine Palms Highway and Balsa Avenue, in the Town of Yucca Valley. During the investigation, deputies determined a gray Subaru Impreza was traveling eastbound on Twentynine Palms Highway, east of Balsa Avenue when the driver attempted to make a U-turn to travel westbound on Twentynine Palms Highway. A Yamaha R-1 motorcylce, driven by Benjamin Lawrenson and female passenger, were traveling eastbound on Twentynine Palms Highway. The Subaru conducted a u-turn from the #2 lane turning directly into the path of the Yamaha traveling in the #1 lane. The Yam aha collided into the driver’s side of the Subaru, causing Lawreson and his passenger to be ejected from the motorcycle.

Lawrenson was transported to Hi Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, where he succumbed to his injuries. The female passenger on the motorcycle was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs and was listed in stable condition. The driver of the Subaru remained at the scene and was not injured. The Morongo Basin Station Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation and anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 800-78-CRIME.

Refer: Dep. S. Lenihan / Dep. R. Arthurton

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Phone No. 760-366-4175

Case No. 231800 003

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