Update: Nov. 24
HEMET – Two people killed in a speeding Volkswagen in Hemet were
identified Friday, Nov. 24, by the Riverside County coroner’s office.
They were Margaret Avina, 33, and Nicholas Macias, 22, both of Hemet.
Witnesses told police the Volkswagen driven by Macias was speeding
through streets in Hemet at up to 100 miles per hour moments before he ran a
stop sign and struck a Dodge truck. The two people in the truck survived.
Police were called just before 2 a.m. Thursday to Buena Vista Street and
Whittier Avenue, and found the Volkswagen `”partially wrapped around a tree”
just west of the intersection, said Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson. The truck
had run into a fence northwest of the intersection.
Avina and Macias were pronounced dead at the scene, the coroner’s office
The man driving the truck was not injured and his female passenger was
taken to a hospital where she was expected to recover from her injuries,
An investigation revealed that the sedan was speeding between 90 to 100
miles per hour westbound on Whittier Avenue when it ran a stop sign and struck
the front corner of the Dodge truck, he said.
“At this time it is believed that alcohol may have been a factor with
the Volkswagen and that the driver of the Dodge may have been impaired as
well,” Dickson said. “However, the investigation is ongoing.”
Hemet police asked anyone who saw the crash to call them at (951) 765-2400.
2 killed in 2-vehicle crash in Hemet
Two people were killed and another person was injured when a speeding Volkswagen blasted through a stop sign, collided with a truck, and went into a tree early Thursday morning, Nov. 23, in Hemet, police officials say.
The incident was reported just before 2 a.m. at the intersection of Buena Vista Street and Whittier Avenue, according to a Hemet police news release.
Hemet police arrived to find the Volkswagen wrapped around a tree west of the intersection with two people, a man and woman, dead inside, and the truck into a fence on the northwest corner, wrote Lt. Eric Dickson.
The driver of the truck was uninjured but his female passenger was partially ejected and had to be taken to the hospital. She is expected to recover, Dickson said.
Police believe that the Dodge truck was driving north on Buena Vista Street and the Volkswagen was driving west on Whittier Avenue at an estimated 90-100 mph.
The Volkswagen blew the stop sign, collided with the front corner of the Dodge, went up the north curb of Whittier Avenue and ultimately into the tree; the Dodge was pushed into the fence, according to the release.
Dickson said alcohol could have played a factor in the incident, but police were still investigating to determine that.
The intersection was closed for five hours Thursday morning following the incident.