The driver who was killed in a solo crash in Temecula Saturday morning that left three juvenile passengers injured was speeding before the accident, sheriff’s deputies said.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Matthew Creed, 32, a Temecula resident and a deputy with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The deadly crash happened around 9 a.m. Sunday on De Portola Road just east of Calle Arboles, and a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy happened upon the scene shortly thereafter, sheriff’s Sgt. Raemie Wood said.
A white Ford F150 had overturned and was on fire, and the driver of the vehicle was found unresponsive in the roadway, according to Wood. Additional deputies arriving at the site of the incident helped in getting the three other occupants, all minors under the age of 18, out of the wrecked pickup.
The incident remained under investigation, but detectives believe the driver of the F150 was driving at “a high rate of speed” eastbound on De Portola Road when the truck hit the center median curb and overturned, according to Wood.
Creed was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three passengers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Wood said.
Creed leaves behind three children under the age of 4 and a wife. A GoFundMe account created in the family’s honor has raised more than $40,000 as of Monday. To contribute, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/tmwhzt-the-creed-family.
The sheriff’s department asked anyone with information on the crash to call the Temecula Sheriff Station at 951-696-3000.
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