UPDATE: Second victim killed on Ramona Expressway in two days ID’d

SAN JACINTO –Officials have identified a woman who died as a result of a two-vehicle, head-on crash involving two passenger vehicles, early Monday morning, Aug. 12. The fatal crash happened on Ramona Expressway, about a quarter-mile west of Warren Rd.

SEE RELATED: UPDATE: Victim, 26, ID’d after SJ head-on crash between big-rig, car

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials today identified Erika Amaya, 43, of Moreno Valley, as the woman killed in Monday’s crash. A coroner’s release indicated Amaya succumbed to her injuries at the scene and was pronounced deceased at 4:45 a.m.

Just two days before Monday’s deadly collision, another fatal crash happened along the same stretch of Ramona Expressway, early Saturday morning, Aug 10. The victim killed in that collision has been identified as 26-year-old Danny Joya, of San Jacinto.

Officials are still investigating the causes of the two crashes.

Original Story: Ramona Expressway claims another life after 2-car wreck


SAN JACINTO — Another person died this morning, Monday, Aug. 12, in a head-on collision along the same, two-mile stretch of Ramona Expressway in San Jacinto that claimed another man’s life just two days earlier. The driver who reportedly caused this morning’s fatal crash was hospitalized.

This morning’s deadly collision, which happened west of Warren Rd., was the second fatal crash on Ramona Expressway in the last two days. The earlier head-on crash between a passenger vehicle and big-rig, which happened early Saturday morning, Aug. 10, near Bridge St., killed 26-year-old, Danny Joya, of San Jacinto.

The name of this morning’s victim has not yet been released, pending further investigation and notification of the person’s family.

LEADING THE RCNS HEADLINES:

One dead after SJ head-on crash between big-rig, car

Woman injured after Hemet solo-vehicle rollover

4, including 2 medics and patient, hospitalized after rollover crash

Deputies from the San Jacinto Sheriff Station, along with CHP, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department, and AMR, were dispatched to this morning’s deadly crash about 4:35 a.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Bryan De Loss has since reported.

When officials arrived they found two heavily damaged vehicles that had collided head-on. DeLoss described the vehicles as a white, Chevrolet sedan and green, Hyundai sedan.

Vehicle parts and debris were spread across a large section of the roadway, which was left blocked and impassable by the arrival of numerous official vehicles that responded to the scene of the crash.

One person was killed and another injured, after a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Ramona Expressway west of Warren Rd. this morning. Today’s crash was the second fatal collision along the same stretch of roadway in the last two days. Photo courtesy Hemet Valley Incidents

The driver and sole-occupant of the Chevrolet was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to De Loss and Cal Fire officials. 

The driver and sole-occupant of the Hyundai who caused the collision was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries that Cal Fire described as moderate.    

Based on the circumstances, members of San Jacinto Station’s Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene of the crash and assumed the investigation. 

During their preliminary investigation, deputies determined the deceased victim from the Chevrolet sedan was traveling eastbound on Ramona Expressway just before the collision. At the same time, the Hyundai was being driven westbound.

For reasons yet to be determined, the surviving driver of the Hyundai crossed the double yellow lines “consequently colliding head-on with the Chevrolet,” killing the other driver, De Loss reported. 

SEE OTHER RECENT FATAL RAMONA EXPRESSWAY CRASHES:

NUEVO: Third fatal accident on Ramona Expressway in 7 days rocks SJ Valley

One killed, one hospitalized, after 3-vehicle, head-on collision on Ramona Expressway

Motorcyclists killed in early morning head-on collision with truck on Ramona Expressway

One dead after SJ head-on crash between big-rig, car

During the investigation, Ramona Expressway was closed between Bridge St. and Warren Rd. The roadway remained closed for about six hours and was re-opened around 10:30 a.m.

The sheriff’s investigations into both deadly crashes are ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Deputy Cox at the San Jacinto Station at (951) 654-2702. Callers can refer to incident file number I192240014 and can remain anonymous.


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 29 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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