Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date February 23, 2002
Contact Sergeant Don Taulli
Phone (909) 826-5576
Fax (909) 351-6038


Fatal Traffic Collision

Location:         Hill Area N/W of Tyler St. & Jurupa Av.
Time:                 5:20 PM

Driver: Unknown (Pending identification by the Riverside County Sheriff/Coronerís Office)

Injuries: The driver of the vehicle suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by members of the Riverside Fire Department.

Officers from the RPD MAIT team, County Coroner's Office and Fire officials inspect the burned vehicle.Riverside, Ca. - The Riverside Fire department was dispatched to a vegetation fire in the hill area N/W of Tyler St. & Jurupa Ave. After extinguishing the blaze it was discovered the fire had been started by a single vehicle roll over collision. In the vehicle, a 2001 Toyota, was a single deceased occupant.

The vehicle was traveling west on a dirt roadway when for unknown an reason it left this dirt roadway and traveled north across an open field. The vehicle collided with a barbwire fence and continued across the field. The vehicle then tumbled down a 40í embankment and burst into flames.

The name of the deceased driver is not confirmed and will be released by the Riverside County Sheriff/Coroners Office. The Riverside Police Department Traffic Division Major Accident Investigation (MAIT) Team is investigating the collision.