Two women apprehended after suspected DUI hit and run

HEMET — Minor injuries were reported after a suspected DUI hit and run traffic collision that caused one of two involved vehicles to overturn Saturday evening, Mar. 2. The rollover crash initially left several people trapped inside a pickup truck that overturned; however, good Samaritans who came to the victims’ aid helped the truck’s occupants safely out of their wrecked vehicle.

Two females who attempted to flee the scene of the crash on foot were later located and apprehended by Hemet police officers who responded to the scene of the crash. Although the driver was suspected of being under the influence when she plowed into the pickup truck, it was not immediately known if she was arrested or charged.

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City of Hemet Police and Fire Departments, along with other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the intersection of Stetson Ave. and S. Buena Vista St. around 9 p.m., after receiving multiple reports of the collision. 911 callers reported there were victims trapped inside a truck that overturned. Callers also reported that two Hispanic females who had been inside a sedan that hit the truck had fled the scene on foot.

When officials arrived they found a white pickup on its side against a street sign. A black sedan with heavy front-end damage was stopped nearby in the lanes of traffic.

More than a dozen witnesses and good Samaritans came to the aid of several victims left trapped inside an overturned truck. Ashley Barajas photo

First responders soon learned that about a dozen good Samaritans who had witnessed the collision had already worked together to help extricate the victims from the overturned truck.

While paramedics evaluated and treated the truck’s occupants, police officers began searching for the two females who fled the scene of the crash. Witnesses told officers the pair was last seen walking north on Buena Vista St., and officials soon spotted and detained them.

The female passenger who fled the scene was later transported to an area hospital for further evaluation of unspecified injuries.

The driver who fled was reportedly uninjured and was later transported to Hemet PD for further investigation and toxicology tests.

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It was not immediately known if any of the victims from the overturned truck were injured or required further evaluation or treatment.

Hemet PD’s hit and run collision investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Hemet PD at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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