Cars suspected of racing on Hwy 74 wreck in Homeland
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.
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.
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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