Ejected driver airlifted with critical, life-threatening injuries after speeding through “stale red light” and hitting SUV
HEMET, Calif., — Authorities say a driver was critically injured and suffered “numerous life-threatening injuries” after he was ejected when he ran a “stale red light” and crashed at high speed into an SUV last night, Wednesday, April 13.
The crash, which forced the hours-long closure of Warren Road, happened at the intersection of W. Florida Avenue, according to officials.
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City of Hemet police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 9:15 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of a major injury, two-vehicle traffic collision with one driver ejected, Hemet Police Officer Alan Reyes said after last night’s collision.
When officials arrived, they found two wrecked vehicles described as a black Audi sedan and black Chevrolet Traverse. They also confirmed finding the driver of the Audi who had suffered “numerous life-threatening injuries” when he was ejected in the crash, according to Reyes.
A critically injured man who was ejected from his vehicle after speeding through a “stale red light” and crashing into an SUV was airlifted to a Moreno Valley Trauma Center with “numerous life-threatening injuries”, according to a Hemet PD spokesperson.
Based on the severity of the man’s injuries, officials at the scene requested a life flight, at which time a Mercy Air Ambulance was launched to the location.
The ejected victim was eventually airlifted to Riverside University Health System’s Trauma Center in Moreno Valley. His current condition was not immediately available.
Others injured in the collision were transported by ground ambulances to RUHS, while the driver of the Chevrolet Traverse was released by medics on scene with injuries described as superficial.
During their subsequent investigation, officers obtained numerous statements from witnesses who reported seeing the Audi traveling westbound on Florida Avenue toward Warren Road at a high rate of speed just before the collision.
“The Audi continued through the stale red traffic signal at Warren Road where it collided with a black Chevrolet Traverse traveling northbound on Warren Road,” Reyes went on to explain, saying the Chevrolet entered the intersection on a green light.
“The Audi then struck the Chevrolet within the intersection, causing the driver of the Audi to be ejected from his vehicle,” Reyes continued.
Officials have not yet ruled out alcohol and/or drug intoxication as possible contributing factors and the collision remains under investigation by Hemet PD.
Anyone with further information or who witnessed the collision and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to contact the department at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.
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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.
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