Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date June 30, 2003
Contact Sgt. Ken Carpenter
Phone (909) 826-5577
Fax (909) 826-2594


Fatal Traffic Collision

Riverside, Ca-  On July 30, 2003, at 2248 hours, officers of the Riverside Police Department responded to a fatal traffic collision at the intersection of California Ave and Monroe Street. According to a witness, a 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass was traveling W/B California when it failed to stop for a red light and collided broadside with a 1995 Dodge Caravan traveling N/B Monroe Street. The occupants of both vehicles were injured.

An unidentified adult male passenger in the Oldsmobile was killed. The driver of the Oldsmobile, Joseph Pena, 45, of North Wilkesboro, N.C., was transported to Riverside Community Hospital where he was treated for major injuries.

The 17 year-old female driver of the Dodge Caravan and two adult passengers, all from Riverside, received minor injuries. They were transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Members of the Departmentís Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) responded.