LAKE ELSINORE – On Tuesday, May 6 at 3:25 p.m., Lake Elsinore and Wildomar police officers responded to a reported traffic collision at the intersection of Corydon and Cereal Road, in the City of Lake Elsinore.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Accord failed to yield the right away to oncoming traffic as it attempted to merge onto northbound Corydon Road.
As a result, the Honda collided with a Toyota Tacoma traveling southbound on Corydon Road causing a temporary road blockage.
Although officers arrived within minutes of receiving the call, two male Hispanic occupants of the Honda fled on foot prior to officers’ arrival on scene.
With witness information and a description of the driver, officers were able to locate and later identify the driver as Gilardo Garcia Lopez, age 21.
Lopez was detained near the intersection of Mission Trail and Corydon Road. Lopez was taken into custody for felony hit and run causing injury to another party.
Lopez was booked into Southwest Detention Center and bail has not been determined at this time.
Drug and alcohol use was not a factor in the collision. The unidentified passenger was not located. Both subjects are residents of Temecula.
Two of the three female occupants of the Toyota are Lake Elsinore residents who sustained minor to moderate injuries. Only one was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy Petersen at the Lake Elsinore Station by calling (951) 245-3300.