CHP: Distracted driver killed man, injured others in Winchester


WINCHESTER (CNS) – A distracted teen driver plowed into two other vehicles, killing a 53-year-old man and injuring himself and four others, including an infant and a child, authorities said Sunday.

The crash occurred at 3:10 p.m. Saturday at Winchester and Pourroy roads, where a sedan and a minivan were stopped at a red light, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A 19-year-old man in a pickup slammed into the two stopped vehicles from behind at about 50 mph, the CHP said.

Authorities said he was “distracted and failed to observe the stopped traffic in front of him.”

The force of the crash sent the minivan into the dirt shoulder and the sedan into a dirt embankment.

The driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene and later identified by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office as Valentin Godina of Hemet.

A 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman in the minivan were hospitalized with moderate injures, the CHP said.

Also in the minivan were a seven-year-old girl, who suffered major injuries and a seven-month-old boy who suffered minor wounds, according to the CHP.

Investigators said the driver of the pickup, who suffered minor injuries, was not impaired at the time of the crash, but that charges were pending and the investigation was ongoing.