Authorities Wednesday were investigating a traffic accident in Mecca that killed a 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman.

At about 11 p.m. Saturday, a blue 2021 Ford F1 pick-up was heading north on Grant Street near 65th Avenue when it hit a rock, David Torres from the California Highway Patrol told City News Service.

“We don’t know why but the Ford left the roadway, hit a rock on the right shoulder, then it overturned,” Torres told CNS.

The driver, an unidentified man, was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned, Torres said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passenger, identified as Rosaura Echeverria-Alvarado of Mecca, was rushed to the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs with major injuries, but was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Torres said the occupants of the vehicle were not wearing seatbelts.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

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