Man dies in crash on Highway 243 south of Banning

A 45-year-old motorist found dead at the wheel of his car alongside Highway 243 south of Banning apparently lost control on the mountain corridor and plunged down an embankment, the California Highway Patrol said today.Fred Robles of Idyllwild was located just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 on the southbound side of Highway 243, roughly a quarter-mile south of Wesley Street.CHP Officer Jonathan Torres said that Robles was driving on the two- lane mountain corridor in his 2010 Volkswagen Beetle at an undetermined speed when he veered off of the road and went over the side, going 20 feet down into thick brush."Somebody saw it and reported the incident to forest rangers about 11:30 in the morning," Torres told City News Service. "The rangers reported it to us, and one of our offi
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