TEMECULA – SHERIFF PRESS RELEASE – On Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2013, officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to the intersection of Rancho California Road and Margarita Road, regarding a major traffic collision with injuries. Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a 1998 Dodge truck and a 1998 Ford Contour resting on their wheels in the eastbound lanes of Rancho California Road. The male driver of the Ford sustained major injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
Further investigation revealed the 1998 Dodge, driven by Angel Lopez, of Temecula, had been traveling westbound on Rancho California and entered the intersection against a red light and struck the Ford as the driver was traveling southbound on Margarita Road. Lopez was transported to a local hospital. Several witnesses were contacted at the scene and provided details that will assist in the investigation.
Lopez was involved in traffic collision at Rancho California Road and Meadows Parkway prior to this major traffic collision. During this collision, Lopez struck a vehicle and was fleeing the scene when he was involved in the collision at Rancho California Road and Margarita Road. At this time of the investigation, officers determined that alcohol contributed to the cause of the collision.
Lopez was arrested for felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing a traffic collision with major injuries, driving under the influence of alcohol and hit and run traffic collision. He was booked into the Southwest Detention Center.
The roadway was closed for more than five hours while members of the Temecula Police Department’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team conducted their investigation.
Anyone with information that would assist the officers investigating this collision is encouraged to call the Temecula Police Department’s Traffic Division at 951-696-3000.
Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
Three people hurt in Temecula traffic collision at Rancho California and Margarita
TEMECULA – Three people were being treated today — two for major injuries and one whose injuries are moderate — following a traffic collision in Temecula, authorities said.
The accident was reported at 6:56 p.m. Sunday at Rancho California and Margarita roads, said Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.
The 20 firefighters on the scene worked to free trapped patients from at least one of the vehicles and transport them to hospitals, Hagemann said, adding that two patients suffered major injuries and one suffered moderate injuries.