One person killed in fiery single-vehicle Homeland crash

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The driver of a 2021 Dodge Charger who was killed during a collision with a big rig Thursday, April 15, on Interstate 15 southbound, north of 395, is identified a 42-year-old male from Baldwin Park, according to the CHP. His name was withheld pending notification to family. Valley News/Courtesy photo

HOMELAND (CNS) – A 20-year-old motorist was killed in Homeland today when his vehicle slammed into a concrete barrier, overturned and rolled into a power pole, then caught fire.

The fatality occurred about 1 a.m. on westbound Highway 74 at Green Avenue, near the 74/79 interchange going into Hemet, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Teodora Blanco told City News Service that the driver, a Perris resident whose name was not immediately released, was traveling at high speed in his Chevrolet Camaro, going through a construction zone where westbound lanes narrow from two to one, when the car struck the barrier, causing it to flip. The Camaro then hit a utility pole, causing the car “to
burst into flames,” Blanco said.

No other vehicles were involved. Riverside County Fire Department personnel reached the location within a few minutes, dousing the flames by 1:30 a.m.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information was asked to contact the CHP San Gorgonio office at 951-769-2000. Copyright 2021, City News Service, Inc.