Hemet, CA — On Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at about 3:17 pm, the Hemet Police Dispatch Center began receiving calls about a traffic collision that occurred on Warren Rd., north of Stetson Ave. in the City of Hemet. Officers, firefighters, and paramedics responded to the area and located the vehicles involved: a black Nissan sedan and a gray Toyota SUV. Both vehicles were heavily damaged, and there were four injured people: one from the Toyota and three from the Nissan. Medical aid was provided to all parties, but tragically, the rear passenger of the Nissan succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The other three subjects were transported to local hospitals in serious condition, and they are expected to recover. The Hemet Police Traffic Investigation Team responded to the scene to take over the investigation.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the Nissan was traveling south on Warren Rd., south of Auto Mall Dr., at about 50 m.p.h. The Toyota was traveling north on Warren Rd., north of Stetson Ave., at about 50 m.p.h. The driver of the Nissan drifted to the right, causing the right-side tires of the Nissan to leave the roadway edge. The driver of the Nissan attempted to regain control of the vehicle but overcorrected, causing the Nissan to skid in a southeast direction and into the northbound lane of Warren Rd., in front of the Toyota. The driver of the Toyota was unable to stop the vehicle and collided with the passenger side of the Nissan. Both vehicles came to rest in the dirt shoulder east of the east roadway edge of Warren Rd.
Both drivers are cooperating fully with the investigation, and at this time, DUI is not expected to be a factor in this collision. The name of the decedent is being withheld pending coroner identification and notification of his family. Warren Rd. was closed between Auto Mall Dr. and Stetson Ave. for approximately four hours for the investigation.
If you witnessed the collision or have any information that may help investigators, you are urged to contact Corporal Nicot at (951) 765-2400.