SHERIFF PRESS RELEASE – On January 28, 2014, at about 6:30 PM, officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to the intersection of Del Rey X Pina Colada in the City of Temecula regarding a report of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian resulting in major injuries.
Upon arrival, officers located an injured jogger in need of medical assistance and one vehicle, a grey Volkswagon sedan with moderate front end damage. The Volkswagon contained a male adult driver and a 7 year-old female juvenile passenger who were uninjured in the collision. The injured jogger was transported to a local hospital for the treatment of major injuries sustained as a result of being struck by the Volkswagon.
Initial investigation revealed that the driver of the Volkswagon was traveling north on Del Rey and struck the jogger who was running south on Del Rey on the west side of the street. The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.
The driver of the Volkswagon, 37-year-old James Desmond of Murrieta, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs resulting in injuries and child endangerment.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Officer Epp of the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.