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Alleged Drunk Driver Causes a Fatal Accident in Hemet, California (CA)

December 14, 2020

According to an online news report posted on, two women were tragically killed and one woman was injured in an automobile accident caused by an alleged drunk driver.*

According to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office, three women were involved in a fatal rear-end accident on Sunday.  According to the Hemet Police Department, the collision happened at approximately 4 o'clock in the morning at a Hemet intersection.  The rear-end accident involved three women in one car and the alleged drunk driver who was operating a separate motor vehicle.  All of the victims and the alleged drunk driver have been positively identified. 

The three women were in a Honda Fit hatchback and the women were stopped at a red light.  Accident investigators reported that the alleged drunk driver, a 33-year-old man from Downey, was heading eastbound along on Florida Avenue in Hemet.  As the 33-year-old man approached Kirby Street, in his BMW 535i sedan, and the man failed to stop.  The man rear-ended the women, who were waiting on a green light at the intersection, at a high rate of speed.

The news report states that there were three women in the Honda Fit.  The front seat passenger was pronounced dead at the accident scene.  The Honda Fit driver was injured and she was transported to Riverside University Health System Medical Center.  The driver tragically did not survive the rear-end collision.  Both of the victims were residents of Hemet.  A third occupant inside the Honda was critically injured, but she is expected to make a recovery, according to Sergeant Dan Reinbolt.

The alleged drunk driver was not harmed in the accident and he tried to flee the accident scene on foot.  However, the man was stopped and held by a witness at the accident scene until police responded to the scene.  The alleged drunk driver has been arrested and he was booked into the Southwest Detention Center.  He has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide , suspicion of DUI, and attempted hit and run.

The drunk driver remains jailed at the Southwest Detention Center.  The judge set the drunk driver's bail at $1 million.

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