Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date April 17, 2004
Contact Sergeant Cliff Mason
Phone (909) 826-5464
Fax (909) 826-2463


Fatal Injury Traffic Collision

Riverside, Ca-  On April 17, 2004, at approximately 1151 hours, the Riverside Police Department responded to an injury collision at the intersection of Arlington Ave. and Indiana Ave. On arrival, officers found two vehicles had collided in the intersection with one of them coming to rest against a light pole.

A 1988 Ford Econoline van was W/B Arlington Ave. and failed to stop for the red light. The vehicle collided with a 2003 Toyota Celica, which was N/B Indiana entering the SR91 Freeway. The van glanced off the vehicle and collided with a light pole, where it came to rest. Witnesses at the scene believed the driver of the van suffered a Heart Attack prior to the collision.

The driver, who suffered major chest injuries, was transported to Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) via ambulance. Emergency room medical staff attempted to treat the driver, who later died. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family.

The Riverside Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating the collision. Anyone with information regarding the collision is encouraged to contact Detective Joe Avila at (909) 826-5577.