Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date January 11, 2003
Contact Sergeant Lisa Williams 
Phone (909) 826-5464
Fax (909) 351-6058


Fatal Collision

Riverside, Ca-  At approximately 8:35am on 01-11-03, officers responded to the intersection of Tyler and Hedrick regarding an RTA bus collision involving another vehicle. A few minutes prior to the call, an officer noticed a small grayish blue truck traveling on Wells Avenue without license plates, but lost sight of it. Just as it was being dispatched, the officer located the collision at Tyler and Hedrick.

Officers from the Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The preliminary investigation reveals that the RTA bus was traveling south on Tyler with five passengers on board. The single occupant grayish blue truck was traveling west on Hedrick at a high rate of speed and did not stop for the stop sign. The truck entered the intersection in front of the bus, where the collision occurred. The vehicles continued south on Tyler and came to rest after impacting a residence in the 5000 block of Tyler.

The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. The Riverside County Coroners Office has not yet identified him. The truck was reported stolen in the City of Corona on 01-04-03.

Four passengers in the bus were transported by ambulance to Riverside Community Hospital with minor injuries.

Inside the victim residence, an adult male was sleeping in the front bedroom. He was hit with building debris from the impact. He received minor injuries and was transported to Parkview Hospital. An infant was sleeping in the same room, but just minutes prior to impact, its mother took it into another part of the home. The crib was next to the area damaged by the bus.