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Man, 51, Killed in Accident on Highway 74-- file photo

Man, 51, Killed in Accident on Highway 74– file photo

HOMELAND, California (Jan. 14, 2014) – A 51-year-old Homeland man was killed Monday night in a pedestrian accident at the intersection of Highway 74 East and Juniper Flats Road just west of Hemet, according to a press release by the Riverside County Fire Department.

About 6:28 p.m., the pedestrian, who was later identified as Chris Rafferty, was attempting to cross the eastbound Highway 74 just west of Juniper Flats when he was struck by the driver of a small silver Toyota Prius, according to the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner. CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters responded to the accident, however, the man died at the scene a few minutes after he was hit.

The California Highway Patrol’s Temecula station is conducting an investigation into the fatal pedestrian accident to determine liability for his death. Witnesses are asked to come forward and police will collect evidence to help them make a determination of liability.

“There is an accident report pending for this fatal crash and it will contain an analysis of the collision factors based on evidence collected by police. The report is typically available within 30 days and is very helpful not only to law enforcement, but also to family and loved ones as they try to piece together what happened.  We extend our sympathy to those who knew this man as they come to terms with such a tremendous loss.”

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Car Accident in Thermal Kills One and Injures Another -- file photo

Car Accident in Thermal Kills One and Injures Another — file photo

Firefighters Rescue One Person Trapped in Car Accident

THERMAL, California — Jose Marquez-Valencia, 32, of Mecca was killed late Saturday night and another person was injured when his car was broadsided by the driver of an SUV on Avenue 62 near Buchanan Street, according to a press release by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner.

About 10:55 p.m., police say Marquez-Valencia was driving his sedan wearing a seat belt when his vehicle was hit by the other driver and he was critically injured. Paramedics responded to the accident scene, but he died there at 11:13 p.m.

CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters had to cut the victims from the wreckage including one who suffered major injuries and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

“There is an accident report pending for this fatal crash and it will contain an analysis of the collision factors based on evidence collected by police,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “This report will establish fault and is typically available within 30 days. The report is very helpful not only to law enforcement, but also to family and loved ones.  We extend our sympathy to the family of Mr. Marquez-Valencia as they try to piece together what happened and come to terms with such a tremendous loss.”

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MENIFEE, California (Dec. 30, 2013) – Dionisio Lucero-Gonzalez, 27, of Moreno Valley, was killed and a woman injured Friday night following a three-vehicle traffic accident at the intersection of Bundy Canyon and Wright roads, according to a press release by CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters.

Lucero-Gonzalez was reportedly the “driver of a sedan that crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a sport utility vehicle,” according to a report by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner.

About 10:23 p.m., the report said that firefighters responded to the accident where they found Lucero-Gonzalez had died of his injuries, however, a woman in a different vehicle had to be cut and rescued from the wreckage at the scene, Riverside Fire reported.

Paramedics quickly transported the injured woman by ground ambulance from the crash to Inland Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Riverside County Sheriff’s reported.

There was a third vehicle involved, but the car suffered only minor damage and there were no reported injuries, police said

Police will continue to investigate this accident and are asking that anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Deputy Cail at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris Station, (951) 210-1000.

“Police will investigate the cause of this car accident to determine liability for those injured and killed,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “These reports are available typically within a month of an accident.”

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Pedestrian Accident at Elementary School in Palm Desert -- file photo

Pedestrian Accident at Elementary School in Palm Desert — file photo

Elderly Driver Runs Red Light Crashes onto School Property Hits Boy

PALM DESERT, California (Oct. 24, 2013) – A 10-year-old boy was air-lifted with serious non-life threatening injuries after being struck Wednesday morning by an elderly driver on the grounds of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School at 74,100 Rutlege Way, according to a press release by the Riverside Police Department.

About 9:49 a.m. on October 23, a Chevrolet Cruze driven by an 83-year-old man crashed through a wrought iron fence onto school grounds and struck the boy, Riverside Police said in a report.

The driver had been heading southbound on Portola Avenue when he allegedly ran through a red light at the intersection of Magnesia Falls.  He continued driving into opposing traffic and went off the roadway before hitting a traffic signal, then the fence and the child.

The driver and his female passenger were not injured in the car accident.

Police closed down traffic for roughly five hours as they investigated the pedestrian accident and debris from the crash was cleaned up.

Anyone with information about the accident may contact Officer Brad Stone at the Palm Desert Police Department at(760) 836-1600.

3 Victims Suffer Major Injuries and 3 Moderately Injured on Almond Street --file photo

3 Victims Suffer Major Injuries and 3 Moderately Injured on Almond Street –file photo

CHP Reports: 3 Major Injuries, 3 Moderate Injuries in Almond Street Car Crash

WILDOMAR, California (October 23, 2013) –  Six people were hospitalized early Wednesday morning following a two-vehicle collision in the 33400 block of Almond Street near Lemon Street, adjacent to the I-15 Temecula Valley Freeway, according to a press release by the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters.

About 2:25 a.m., emergency workers responded to the car crash and extracted six injured people from the wreckage including three with major and three with minor injuries, the Riverside Fire reported.

It took a team of 14 CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters roughly an hour to complete the rescue at the scene of the violent car crash. All six injured victims were taken in separate American Medical Response ambulances to nearby hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

The accident is under investigation by CHP and Wildomar Police Department traffic investigators.

–The Seegmiller Law Firm