Cars suspected of racing on Hwy 74 wreck in Homeland

One of the cars involved in the accident was nearly ripped in half in the collision. Miguel Shannon photo

One of the cars involved in the accident was nearly ripped in half in the collision. Miguel Shannon photo

HOMELAND – Two vehicles were involved in a major early morning traffic collision on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The accident happened on Highway 74 between Naumann and Homeland Avenues in the unincorporated community of Homeland

The accident happened when two cars, that were completely destroyed and barely recognizable after the collision, lost control and smashed into each other while traveling eastbound towards Hemet.

Witnesses who saw the accident said the two cars were speeding and weaving in and out of traffic just before the accident occurred. Most said they believed the drivers were racing each other.

California Highway Patrol emergency dispatchers received several 911 calls at about 2:15 a.m., from citizens reporting the traffic collision.

Both cars sustained major damage in the collision. Miguel Shannon photo

Both cars sustained major damage in the collision. Miguel Shannon photo

Firefighters and other emergency first responders arrived at the scene and located the mangled wreckage of two vehicles, described as a beige Honda Accord and a white Toyota sedan. The beige Honda was ripped nearly in half in the collision.

A large section of a perimeter brick pillar and wrought iron fence of the Community First Church of God was also destroyed in the collision.

The church was the location of two recent fires; one where the church was destroyed on April 30, and a second fire May 20 that destroyed the church’s parsonage. A transient has since been arrested, accused of being a serial arsonist who was targeting locations throughout the Homeland area. (Click links to view other stories)

In spite of all the recent devastating incidents that have happened at his church, Pastor Rocky Moore expressed positivity in a recent email about the traffic accident, saying, “I’m thankful that no one was seriously injured.”

Despite the major damage to the two involved vehicles, the occupants had only minor complaints of pain. Neither required hospitalization.

California Highway Patrol is conducting an accident investigation as well as claims that the two vehicles were racing when they collided. Speed was confirmed to be a primary contributing factor according to an officer on scene following collision.

A section of brick pillar and wrought iron fence was destroyed in the two vehicle accident. Miguel Shannon photo

A section of brick pillar and wrought iron fence was destroyed in the two-vehicle accident. Miguel Shannon photo

Anyone who witnessed this accident or has information about the incident is encouraged to contact CHP officials at (951) 769-2000.

 

 

 

 

 

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The people inside both cars walked away with minor complaints of pain. Miguel Shannon photo

Miguel Shannon photo

Both cars were completely destroyed in the accident. Miguel Shannon photo

Miguel Shannon photo

An occupant from one of the vehicles can be seen standing near the destroyed cars. Miguel Shannon photo

Miguel Shannon photo

The Toyota ended up on top of the Honda after the collision. Miguel Shannon photo

Miguel Shannon photo

Both cars were destroyed in the collision. Miguel Shannon photo

Little was left or recognizable when the cars were towed from the scene of the wreck. Miguel Shannon photo

Little was left or recognizable when the cars were towed from the scene of the wreck. Miguel Shannon photo

 

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7 comments

  • Very Ironic they crashed into the church and took it out completely but yet didn’t die and only suffered minor injuries I’d call that miraculous to say the least!!!
    And it’s beyond my comprehension as to why all the churches in Homeland are slowly but surely being destroyed, 1st by arson and now this accident, and I thought Hemet ,San Jacinto, and Vale Vista were the towns with the curse!!! It’s alot to wrap ones mind around.

  • There are tailgaters everwhere, they are in such a hurry, to do what, endanger everyone they get near to on the road? What a bunch of fools.
    What happened to a bit of consideration for others?

  • Margaret Blaine

    God is so good. So happy to hear those foolish kids were not seriously hurt. The church mentioned is wrong name, it was the Community First Church of God that was just hit with fire of our building, and parsonage. Both totally lost. Our God is great. He tries those He loves. As our Pastor’s wife told me, “We are blessed.” And yes we are and especially those two kids and their families.

  • Idiots like these two should be prohibited from ever driving a vehicle again. Nice job guys, you definitely inspire all of us to weep for the future.

  • This is truly a miracle from God. That these two were not killed is only by God’s Grace. I hope the know and appreciate this. May God be glorified.

  • And for the record the two cars were headed west bound on the highway not east. This accident literally happened right in front of my friend and I. They passed us and not even a minute later wrecked. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. They were for sure racing, no doubt.

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