Palm Desert Man Charged With Murder In Intentional Hit & Run Crash In Thousand Palms

48 year old Robert Rodriguez of Desert Hot Springs has been killed in a crash in Thousand Palms, and 30 year old Erick Cowdery of Palm Desert is charged with killing him.

It was Sunday afternoon, June 23rd 2024 just before 1:30, when deputies and CHP Officers were called to Varner Road and Ramon Road in Thousand Palms.  A motorcycle had crashed and was up on the sidewalk on the eastbound side of the street near the Gulf gas station. 

Investigators determined the crash was intentional as arrested Cowdery and charged him with murder.


Pair of steel handcuffs.

Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR