A late morning crash on Wednesday, September 6th claimed the life of one motorist and injured three others in the French Valley portion of Murrieta. The multi-car accident, which occurred near the intersection of Winchester and Auld roads, was first reported to police at 10:44 a.m.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a 51-year-old Hemet man was driving his pickup southbound along Winchester Road shortly before the crash occurred. Witnesses reported seeing the man cross the roadway’s center line soon thereafter. That was when he collided first with a Toyota Rav 4 and then with a Dodge van.
By the time Riverside County Fire crews had arrived at the crash scene, they discovered that the Rav 4 driver had died. That vehicle’s operator has been described as a 62-year-old Murrieta woman.
Police identified the driver of the Dodge delivery van as a 25-year-old Vista resident. He reportedly only suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was transported to Inland Hospital for treatment.
As for the driver of the 2002 pickup that is alleged to have caused the accident, he and his 46-year-old male passenger, also of Hemet, were both transported to Wildomar’s Inland Valley Hospital. Both were reportedly listed as suffering from moderate injuries.
Once released from the hospital, that pickup driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He remains jailed at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
Although distracted driving has surpassed drunk driving as the number one cause of car crashes during the past few years, collectively both are responsible for either injuring or killing thousands across the United States each year. If you’ve been seriously hurt in a motor vehicle accident, then you may benefit from discussing potential legal remedies you may be able to pursue with a Vista, California car accident attorney
Source: The Press-Enterprise, “1 killed, 3 injured in multi-vehicle crash in French Valley,” Alex Groves, Sep. 06, 2017