Two Lake Elsinore men who died in head-on crash are identified

LAKELAND VILLAGE – Two Lake Elsinore men who died in a head-on crash in Lakeland Village were identified today.

Mathew Camilli, 25, and William Messemore, 40, died at about 5:55 p.m. Tuesday at the scene of the crash on Grand Avenue north of Adelfa Street, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office. The crash was reported at 5:50 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Baer said.

Messemore was allegedly driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck south on Grand at speeds estimated by witnesses at 70 to 80 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. Camilli was stopped in the northbound left turn lane on Grand in a Plymouth Neon, and Messemore struck him head on, Baer said.

Messemore’s male passenger was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. Authorities were investigating the possibility that Messemore was drinking, Baer said.

3 Responses to "Two Lake Elsinore men who died in head-on crash are identified"

  1. Susan Koenig   January 31, 2013 at 12:25 am

    The city must take action on the road conditions on Grand Ave. the road is very dark, so add street lights. The road is poorly painted, so repaint the road lines. This will not stop DUI accidents, but is a start of improvement to a heavily populated commute that a lot of us have difficulties traveling on at night.

  2. Laura   January 31, 2013 at 9:17 am

    My condolences to the families of both men.

    Adding a center divider on Grand Ave. would help prevent accidents, as well. I drive up/down Grand each day for my commute to work via Ortega Highway. I can’t tell you how many people I see race up the middle of the road to pass other vehicles! It’s terrible.

  3. Ed   February 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Yes, I live in the lakeland village area. All day long, early morning or late night people using the turning lane for passing. I believe last year, bless there soles, that a person was killed as they were trying to cross Grand by foot and a vehicle was passing another car and hit and killed them. It would be nice to widen GRAND to a four lane. It would be GREAT if the SHERIFF’S and Lake Elsinore POLICE do a better JOB of policing this area. I see people drinking all the time where is the CHECK POINTS, Why is the crime rate up so high in this area. You never see any sheriff’s patroling neighborshoods. GET it together police man. Please don’t respond back about the budget cuts as that is all B.S. You all get paid and get paid well. So just do your job and you might get respect then. Resident….


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