Deputies seek suspect in Temecula hit-and-run


Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of a driver who allegedly took off after a crash on a Temecula overpass Wednesday afternoon.

The collision, which sent the other driver to a hospital with major injuries, was reported just before 3 p.m. on Rancho California Road at the Interstate 15 bridge, according to information from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies arriving at the scene found a Jeep Patriot overturned in westbound lanes of the roadway, just west of the southbound freeway off-ramp, sheriff’s Sgt. Raemie Wood said in a statement.

The driver of the Jeep had to be extricated before being taken to a nearby hospital.

The other vehicle involved in the crash, a Toyota pickup truck, was found with major front-end damage, unoccupied in an adjacent intersection, Wood said.

Investigators believe the Jeep exited southbound I-15 and was turning left onto Rancho California when the Toyota ran a red light and struck the Jeep’s driver side.

Wood said the Toyota driver, identified as 40-year-old Domingo Cruz of Temecula, fled the scene on foot. He was described as a 5 feet 7 inches tall and 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

The sheriff’s department asked anyone with information on the crash to call detectives at 951-696-3000.