Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Friday, January 5, 2007
Contact Duane Beckman, Sergeant
Phone (951) 353-7999

Fatal Head-on Traffic Collision

Riverside, Ca- On January 5, 2007, at 8:51pm, a 27 year-old man was driving his 2005 Toyota Corolla north on Tyler approaching Wells when he veered across the center double yellow lines into opposing traffic. A 21-year-old female with her 22-year-old male passenger and 1-year-old child were driving south on Tyler in a 1999 Dodge Intrepid and were unable to avoid colliding head on with the Toyota. According to a witness statement, the Toyota was traveling at a high rate at the time of the collision. Both vehicles came to rest in the center of the roadway and sustaining major front- end damage.

Riverside Fire and Police were called to the scene by neighbors who heard the collision and Riverside Fire began treating the injured at the scene. The driver of the Dodge was trapped in the vehicle and her passengers were safely removed. Riverside Fire utilized the “Jaws of Life” to remove the woman and she was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center for treatment. She sustained a broken leg and arm as well as additional body trauma.

The 1-year-old infant was securely fastened in his child safety seat and sustained only minor complaint of pain. The male passenger sustained moderate traumatic head injury and both he and the infant were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment.

The 21-year-old driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene from major head and body trauma. All involved parties lived nearby the scene and were Riverside residents and names are being withheld pending notifications.

Members of the Riverside Police Department’s (M.A.I.T.) Major Accident Investigation Team responded and the collision is under investigation.

The Riverside Police Department is asking anyone with further information to contact Detective Ken Madsen at (951) 353-7989.