LA QUINTA, CA. (THECOUNT) — Indio man, Sammy Labastida, has been identified as the victim in an early Thursday single-vehicle ejection crash on I-10 near La Quinta.
Labastida, 28, was ejected from a 2000 Nissan he was operating at 1 a.m. on Interstate 10 after the vehicle exited the roadway and struck a guardrail and rolled over before coming to a rest.
It is unknown why the vehicle left the roadway.
Labastida was pronounced dead at the scene.
[Labastida] was heading east in a 2000 Nissan when he drifted to the left and struck the center median’s guard rail, according to the California Highway Patrol. Labastida was thrown from his vehicle, which overturned and came to a rest in the two left lanes. source
An accident report noted that the victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
CHP investigators say they haven’t ruled out drugs nor alcohol as factors in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact police at 911.