Racing suspected in Hwy 74 wreck in Homeland
HOMELAND – Officials have confirmed that speed was a contributing factor in a two-vehicle crash that left both vehicles barely recognizable early Wednesday morning, Aug. 3.
The collision, which destroyed both vehicles and nearly ripped one of the two cars in half, happened while the two vehicles were traveling eastbound on Highway 74, between Naumann and Homeland avenues, in the unincorporated community of Homeland.
Witnesses later reported to CHP that the two vehicles appeared to be racing and were weaving in and out of traffic when they lost control, crashed into each other, and careened off the roadway, knocking down and destroying a section of wall outside a church, which has seen more than its fair share of troubles recently after two suspected arson fires.
CHP, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene about 2:15 a.m., after receiving several 911 calls reporting the crash.
When officials arrived at the scene they located the mangled wreckage of two vehicles, described as a beige Honda Accord and white Toyota sedan. Photos taken at the scene indicate the tremendous impact nearly ripped the Honda in half.
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.
In spite of all the recent devastating incidents that have plagued his church this year, Pastor Rocky Moore expressed positivity in a recent email response about the traffic accident, saying, “I’m just thankful that no one was seriously injured.”
Despite the major damage to the two involved vehicles, the occupants only reported minor complaints of pain and neither required hospitalization.
CHP is conducting an accident investigation as well as looking into the claims that the two vehicles were racing when they collided. However, an officer at the scene of the collision already confirmed excessive speed had already been confirmed to be a primary contributing factor in the crash.
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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