DUI gross vehicular manslaughter and other felony charges were filed Wednesday against a felon accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his passenger in Palm Springs.
Joshua Lamar Woods, 30, of Desert Hot Springs was arrested shortly after the vehicle he was allegedly driving struck a steel pole on Indian Canyon Drive near Garnet Avenue about 1:20 a.m. Monday, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.
His passenger, 30-year-old Lapera Hardister of Desert Hot Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene.
It was unclear if Woods suffered any injuries in the crash.
Along with DUI gross vehicular manslaughter, Woods is charged with DUI causing great bodily injury and DUI with a blood-alcohol content exceeding the legal limit of .08% causing bodily injury.
Woods, who remains held on $75,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.
Woods has a felony conviction in Riverside County for assault on a person causing great bodily injury.