At 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, Adam Harris, 20, of Palm Desert, was driving his white 2004 Toyota 4 Runner northbound on Highway 243, 3/10 of a mile north of the intersection with Highway 74, according to the California Highway Patrol. With Harris as passenger was Vanessa Claire, 19, of San Diego.
Coming southbound on Highway 243 was John Cantalessi Jr, 51, of Wildomar, driving a 2002 Peterbilt truck flatbed with a construction tractor on the trailer.
Harris’ vehicle was traveling at a speed deemed unsafe for road conditions. He failed to negotiate a broad curve in the road, crossed over the double-yellow lines and sideswiped the truck driven by Cantalessi.
There were no injuries in the crash and no other vehicles were involved. Harris’ truck was towed from the scene by a truck from Idyllwild Garage.
At 12:35 p.m. Monday, July 31, John Leggatte, 69, of Lafayette, Louisiana, was driving his 2014 Concord motor coach northbound on Highway 243, 114 feet north of Mt. Etna Road, when the coach hit the embankment and overturned.
Leggatte was transported by American Medical Response to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs with non-life-threatening injuries. The coach was towed to Banning.