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The Palm Springs Police Department’s Traffic Division has made significant progress in a hit-and-run investigation, thanks to valuable community assistance and diligent investigative work. The incident, which occurred on May 27, 2022, involved a fatal collision between a pedestrian and an unidentified vehicle on E Palm Canyon Drive, east of Broadmoor Drive.

Following the collision, investigators were able to recover parts at the collision site, which strongly indicated that the suspect vehicle was a 2012-2016 Porsche 911 Carrera. In an effort to gather more information, the Palm Springs Police Department called upon the community for their support, urging anyone with relevant details to come forward. The response from the community was remarkable, as several tips were provided that helped the investigators with the case. Subsequently, the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run was located at a collision repair center in Cathedral City, allowing the identification of the driver, Chad Steinmetz.

The Traffic Division continued their investigation, ultimately leading to the filing of a charge of “Felony Hit and Run Involving Injury or Death” (20001 CVC) with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office in Indio. The efforts of the investigators were recognized when the District Attorney’s Office approved the recommended charge on May 16th, 2023. On May 24, 2023, a warrant for the arrest of Chad Steinmetz was issued. Acting on the warrant, a PSPD detective successfully located and apprehended Steinmetz on May 31st, 2023, in Palm Desert.

The Palm Springs Police Department would like to extend its sincere appreciation for the outstanding investigative work conducted by the Traffic Division. Despite initially having only vehicle parts left at the scene of the crash, their efforts, combined with the support of the community, enabled the resolution of this case.

CASE HISTORY:

UPDATE: June 6th,2022

PSPD is continuing to investigate the hit and run traffic collision that occurred on E. Palm Canyon Dr. near the intersection with S. Broadmoor Dr. on Friday, May 27th, 2022. This collision resulted in the death of Jesse Fleury. The investigation has determined that a red Porsche 911 collided with a shopping cart and Mr. Fleury, which resulted in his death.

PSPD has recovered a vehicle believed to be involved in the collision. Unfortunately, the registered owner of the vehicle has been uncooperative with the investigation. The police department is continuing the investigation and is requesting any public assistance in identifying the driver responsible for the death of Mr. Fleury. If you have any information we ask that you contact the PSPD Traffic Division at 760-323-8125. Anonymous information can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 760-347-7867.

UPDATE: SUSPECT VEHICLE INFORMATION, MAY 27, 2022

Our investigators are looking for a red 2012-2016 Porsche 911 Carrera.

If you have any information related to a similar vehicle with front end damage we ask that you contact the PSPD Traffic Division at 760-323-8125 or PSPD Dispatch at 760-327-1441. Anonymous information can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 760-347-7867.

ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE: FATAL HIT AND RUN COLLISION, MAY 27, 2022

This morning at around 6:40 A.M., PSPD Dispatch received several reports regarding a pedestrian lying on the dirt shoulder of the roadway, near the area of E. Palm Canyon Drive (SR 111) and S. Broadmoor Drive. PSPD Officers arrived and determined the subject was deceased and the victim of a hit and run vehicle collision.

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