UPDATED: Driver trapped after Hemet three vehicle collision was texting, ran red light

UPDATED: 07/09/2016 11:00 p.m. With witness statements from the accident scene.

 

The brown SUV rolled onto its' side temprorarily trapping the driver. Oscar Ramirez photo

The brown SUV rolled onto its’ side temporarily trapping the driver. Oscar Ramirez photo

Erik Torres, who was able to provide additional information about yesterday’s rollover traffic collision on Florida Avenue and State Street offered some updated information from the accident scene.

“The driver of the SUV was texting while driving when she ran a red light at the intersection,” Torres explained. “The driver of the silver Honda was traveling through the intersection at a normal speed when his vehicle struck the rear, passenger side of the SUV, causing it to lose control and flip over. When the SUV started to roll over, it struck the front end of the white Acura.”

“Because of her texting and distracted driving, the woman in the SUV risked her life and the lives of two others,” according to Torres. “Thank God nobody was seriously injured in the accident she caused.”

 

The Honda that struck the SUV that reportedly ran a red light while texting was not injured and released from the accident scene after he was interviewed by investigating officers. Oscar Ramirez photo

The Honda that struck the SUV was not injured and was released from the accident scene after he was interviewed by investigating officers. Oscar Ramirez photo

HEMET – Hemet Police and Fire personnel responded to the report of a three-vehicle traffic collision at the intersection Florida Avenue and State Street in front of Shoe City on July 8 at about 6:30 a.m.

Emergency first responders were dispatched to the location after City of Hemet emergency dispatchers received numerous calls regarding the collision, including an SUV that had rolled over onto its’ side.

The driver of the rolled vehicle was reportedly trapped and unable to exit her vehicle. She had to be extricated by fire personnel, who performed a cut and rescue to free the injured driver. Her vehicle was described as a brown GMC SUV.

When emergency personnel arrived at the location, they located three vehicles involved in the collision, including a white Acura TL, a silver Honda Accord and the brown SUV on its’ side.

An officer speaks with the driver of the Honda that struck the SUV starting the chain reaction rollover accident. The driver of the SUV reportedly ran a red light while texting on her cell phone. Oscar Ramirez photo

At least one witness at the scene told investigating officers the SUV ran a red light and was struck in the rear quarter panel by the Honda, causing it to lose control. The out of control SUV then smashed into the Acura that was at the light waiting to turn left onto Florida Avenue from State street. After the SUV struck the Acura, it rolled over and ended up on its side.

Hemet Fire personnel had to extricate the female driver of the SUV. Paramedics treated her at the scene before they transported her to nearby Hemet Valley Hospital with unknown injuries.

The other two drivers were not injured in the collision. Both their vehicles were drivable. Following a traffic investigation, they were both released from the accident scene.

Once the driver from the SUV was safely extricated and the vehicle was righted back onto its’ wheels, it was towed from the scene with moderate to major damage.

A female driver waits inside her rolled over SUV to be extricated from her vehicle. Oscar Ramirez photo

A female driver waits inside her rolled over SUV to be extricated from her vehicle. Oscar Ramirez photo

Firefighters work to extricate the driver from her rolled SUV. Oscar Ramirez photo

Firefighters work to extricate the driver from her rolled SUV. Oscar Ramirez photo

A firefighter talks to the victim inside her SUV. Oscar Ramirez photo

A firefighter talks to the victim inside her SUV. Oscar Ramirez photo

 

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3 comments

  • Slow down people of Hemet and pay attention when driving. Way to many accidents.

  • Make everyone who receives a moving violation take one of those mind-numbing, 500 page, DMV approved, online traffic school courses. This includes final exam, no cheating plus hefty fine. Also load it up with gory statistics and examples of severe traffic accidents including accident causes. With all due regard to innocent traffic victims, I believe this is very effective in helping prevent future serious mishaps.

  • The driver of the SUV should be locked up. Not for texting, but for burglarizing my house the week before this accident.

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