TEMECULA – On Sunday June 16, 2013, at about 9:15 PM officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to a report of a traffic collision just east of the intersection of Rancho California Road and Moraga Rd. in the city of Temecula.
Upon arrival, officers contacted a male outside a small 4-door sedan which was parked in the middle of the roadway on Rancho California Road. The driver, a 19-year-old male from Temecula, stated he was traveling east on Rancho California Road just east of Moraga Road when a male wearing dark clothing ran in front of his car. The driver of the sedan was not able to stop in time and struck the pedestrian, a 25-year-old male also from Temecula. The pedestrian was propelled across the roadway, coming to rest in the roadway.
The driver of the sedan stopped his vehicle in the roadway to warn other motorists and to assist the pedestrian. As the driver exited his car and started toward the pedestrian, a motorcycle, driven by a 22-year-old male from Murrieta failed to stop and struck the open driver’s side door of the sedan. The motorcycle with the rider crossed over the center median, coming to rest in the westbound lanes of Rancho California Road.
The pedestrian and driver of the motorcycle were transported to local hospitals. The pedestrian succumbed to his injuries at 9:50 hours while being transported by ambulance to the hospital. The driver of the motorcycle was treated and released for minor injuries.
An autopsy for the pedestrian has been scheduled and the investigation is ongoing. At this point, neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor and no charges are anticipated to be filed against the driver of the sedan.
This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with further information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Officer Dan Hoctor at the Temecula Police Department at 951 696 3000.