UPDATE: Palm Desert woman, 89, ID’d after crash between car and golf cart

UPDATED: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m.

See original story below.

PALM DESERT — Officials have identified an elderly woman who died in a crash between a golf cart and passenger vehicle Friday afternoon, Nov. 30. The deadly accident happened in the area of Desert Greens Dr. South and Chimney Flats Drive, just south of Palm Desert Greens Golf Course.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials identified last night Genevieve Hornak, 89, of Palm Desert, as the victim killed in the collision. A coroner’s release indicated Hornak was transported to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage where she succumbed to her injuries about an hour-and-a-half after the crash and was pronounced deceased at 5:32 p.m.

Palm Desert PD’s investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing.


Original Story: Elderly woman dies after Palm Desert crash between car and golf cart

PALM DESERT — An elderly woman died after a collision between a golf cart and a passenger vehicle in Palm Desert, Friday afternoon, Nov. 30. The deadly crash happened in the area of Desert Greens Dr. South and Chimney Flats Drive, just south of Palm Desert Greens Golf Course.

Friday’s fatal accident was the second deadly incident involving a golf cart in as many days, after a 77-year-old Aguanga man was struck and killed by a 73-year-old driving a golf cart inside an Aguanga RV community just east of Temecula.


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Deputies assigned to Palm Desert Police Station, Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters, and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the accident about 3:51 p.m., after receiving reports of a major-injury traffic collision involving a golf cart and vehicle, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Rod LaBrecque explained after the deadly accident.

“An elderly female driver of one of the vehicles was later pronounced deceased at the hospital,” said LaBrecque.

Based on the circumstances, members of Palm Desert PD’s Traffic Team responded to the scene and assumed the accident investigation.

During their initial on-scene investigation, Traffic Team deputies determined the golf cart was traveling eastbound on Desert Greens Dr. S. and attempted to turn left onto Chimney Flats Dr. when it collided with a vehicle traveling westbound. The other driver was reportedly uninjured in the accident.

“At this time, it is unknown if alcohol/drugs were a factor of the collision,” said LaBrecque.

Palm Desert PD’s investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing.

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Anyone who witnessed the collision or has further information is asked to contact Miller from the Palm Desert Police Department’s Traffic Team at (760) 836-1600. Callers can refer to incident file number T183340129 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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