Elderly San Jacinto woman dies after two-vehicle collision near MSJC campus

SAN JACINTO, Calif., — Authorities say an elderly driver was killed in a two-vehicle traffic collision with entrapment in San Jacinto Thursday morning, Oct. 7. The deadly crash happened at the intersection of State Street and Community College Drive.


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Deputies from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station, Cal Fire-Riverside and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 6:15 a.m. according to a Cal Fire social media release.

Officials found two involved vehicles and confirmed one of the victims was critically injured and trapped inside her vehicle and firefighters began a cut and rescue operation to free her from her wrecked vehicle.

Despite life-saving efforts, the woman succumbed to her injuries and passed away at the scene. 

The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has since identified Diana Borden, 73, of San Jacinto, as the woman killed in the collision. A Coroner’s release indicated she was pronounced deceased at 6:34 a.m.

The other driver was eventually transported to an area hospital with injuries since described by Cal Fire as moderate.


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While deputies worked at the scene, they called for the temporary closure of northbound State Street at Village of San Jacinto, while westbound Community College Drive at Gold Street was also closed.  Both roadways were reopened around 11 a.m.

The Sheriff’s investigation is ongoing and no further details have been released.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

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.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

One comment

  • This has been waiting to happen people speed through this intersection after they run the light at stater bros exit . People speed thru this intersection daily, not that this is the case in this accident.

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