Fatal Accident On Hwy 74 Results In Arrest Of Hemet Resident
Written by Trevor Montgomery
A devastating, fatal head-on crash that occurred on State Highway 74 in the unincorporated community of Homeland resulted in the death of a Hemet resident. Another Hemet area resident was arrested and jailed for his involvement in the fatal collision.
According to a CHP incident log and a subsequent coroner’s report, the wreck was reported at about 7:05 a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The accident reportedly occurred approximately 300 feet east of Steinhoff Avenue.
According to Officer Mike Lassig of the California Highway Patrol, Hector Suarez-Carreon, a 27-year-old resident of Hemet, was driving Westbound in a Ford Ranger truck when he drifted into the Eastbound lanes of traffic. Suarez-Carreon’s truck smashed head-on into a vehicle being driven by 26-year-old David Preciado, who had been driving Eastbound on Highway 74. Officer Lassig stated Suarez-Carreon was travelling at approximately 60 mph at the time of the collision.
The violent collision caused Preciado’s 1988 Jeep Cherokee to spin off the roadway and roll down an embankment. Preciado, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle he had been driving. Preciado suffered major traumatic injuries in the accident.
Emergency first responders treated Preciado at the scene before transporting him to the Menifee Valley Medical Center. According to a coroner’s report, Preciado succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:58 a.m.
Suarez-Carreon had minor complaints of pain following the accident and was evaluated by emergency first responders. He declined further medical treatment.
Following the fatal collision, Suarez-Carreon posted this image
on his Facebook page from the back of a CHP patrol vehicle,
where he speculated he might be going to jail.
Based on their initial investigation, CHP officers arrested Suarez-Carreon for Gross Vehicular Manslaughter at approximately 12:20 p.m.
According to Riverside County jail records, Suarez-Carreon was booked into Southwest Detention Center at about 3:30 p.m., approximately 8 hours after the fatal accident. His bail was set at $50,000.
As of this report, Suarez-Carreon was being housed at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta. Jail records indicated Suarez-Carreon is expected to be in court on Jan. 20, to answer for the charges against him.
A person who worked with Preciado but wished to remain anonymous said, “(David) was a very caring and sweet man. He always had a smile and a laugh for me. He was a very good worker and cared about other people. My world was a better place knowing him.”
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