Two, including minor, critical after Menifee wreck
MENIFEE, Calif. — Four people were injured, including an adult and juvenile who remain in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, in a two-vehicle wreck in Menifee Saturday morning, Nov. 14.
Officials are still seeking a third vehicle that may have been involved in the collision, which happened in the area of Holland and Evans roads.
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City of Menifee police officers and Cal-Fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 10 a.m., after receiving reports of a major injury traffic collision, Menifee Police Sergeant Matt Bloch has since said of the collision.
When officials arrived they found two vehicles, a black Chevrolet truck and a grey Pontiac Sedan.
Two of the occupants from the Pontiac, including one adult and a minor, were left trapped inside their sedan and firefighters performed a cut and rescue operation to free them from their wrecked car.
Both were eventually extricated and rushed to area hospitals with injuries Menifee PD and Cal Fire later described as critical. Bloch further described their injuries as life-threatening.
The Pontiac’s driver was also hospitalized with severe injuries, according to Bloch; who said the victim was listed in stable condition.
The driver and sole occupant of the truck suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
During their investigation, officers learned an unidentified third vehicle, described only as a white Scion Xb, may have been involved in this collision and officers are asking the driver or occupants of that vehicle to come forward to make a statement about the critical injury crash.
Officers also determined there was possibly a large group of bicyclists in the area that may have witnessed the incident and have asked those individuals to come forward as well with any information they may have regarding the collision.
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“Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor at this time,” said Bloch; who added that the roadway remained closed for several hours while members of Menifee PD’s Traffic Unit investigated the cause of the crash.
Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Sergeant Bloch of the Menifee Police Department at (951) 723-1565, or you can contact the front desk at (951) 723-1500.
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During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
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