A Cathedral City man Monday admitted seriously injuring a motorcyclist in a drunken crash.
Elver Hernandez, 28, pleaded guilty to drunken driving causing injury and is slated to be sentenced next week for the May 27, 2016, crash that caused major injuries to a man identified only as Issac R. in court documents.
Hernandez crashed his pickup truck into the motorcyclist and a car at 6:38 p.m. at the intersection of Whispering Palms Trail and Ramon Road. According to Lt. Paul Herrera of the Cathedral City Police Department, Hernandez was turning left onto Ramon Road when he crashed into the motorcyclist. Hernandez’s truck then overturned and hit another car in the southern portion of the intersection, Herrera said.
An investigation revealed that Hernandez had been driving with a blood-alcohol content of .14, well over the legal limit of .08, according to the criminal complaint.
The motorcyclist was hospitalized with injuries that he was initially not expected to survive, according to a declaration in support of increased bail filed shortly after the crash.
In addition to drunken driving counts, Hernandez pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Hernandez was convicted of misdemeanor drunken driving in 2012. He also was charged with drunken driving in 2014, and while that charge was dismissed, he was convicted of reckless driving for the same incident.