Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date October 15, 2005
Contact Lieutenant Brian Baitx
Phone (951) 351-6099


Major Injury Collision



Riverside, Ca- On Saturday, October 15, 2005 at about 2:16 AM a 2000 Honda Civic was involved in a collision with a utility pole on Rutland Avenue just north of Cypress Avenue. Riverside Police and Fire units responded and found the driver and sole occupant of the car suffering from major head trauma. The driver was transported via ambulance to Riverside Community Hospital where he remains in very critical condition. The driver is a 20 year old resident of Perris.

The Police Department investigation found that the driver was seen driving north on Rutland Avenue at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at the intersection with Cypress Avenue. The vehicle continued northbound where it left the roadway and collided with a utility pole. The force of the collision caused the pole to be severed from the base.

There were no passengers in the vehicle and no other vehicles involved in the collision.

City of Riverside Utilities Department crews responded to repair the pole. The power supply to the area was not interrupted.