2 Hospitalized in Head-On Crash

A car careens down Rancho Californian Road, smashing into six cars.

Two people were hospitalized in a six-car pileup today.

A red Nissan Altima sped east on Rancho California Road around 3 p.m., smashed into numerous vehicles before veering into opposing traffic and hitting a black Lincoln four-door head on, according to witnesses.

Two people were rushed to a hospital with serious injuries, according to sheriff's Deputy Daniel Hoctor.

The driver of the Altima accelerated into the crash, said Larry Abbott, a Temecula resident who was driving the Lincoln.

"It's like (the driver) passed out and was pushing full-blast on the accelerator," Abbott said.

Mysterious circumstances

Some of the victims encountered the red vehicle only a few minutes earlier in the hills of De Luz.

Boston resident Geoff Fisher was driving toward Temecula with several friends when they found the Altima stopped in the middle of the road with the driver's door wide open, he said.

"He was sitting in the middle of the road with the door open, just sitting there," Fisher said.

They began to slowly pass him when the driver closed his door and started to drive, he said.

"He stopped and started several times," he said.

He reached a wider area of the road and Fisher passed the car, only to be rear-ended by it a few minutes later, he said.

"I wish we hadn't passed him," he said.

Driver's condition

Though official word on the Altima driver's condition was unavailable, witnesses said he was badly injured.

"His legs were all twisted around his back," said John Newman, a De Luz resident whose vehicle was hit.

S.S. September 10, 2011 at 12:52 AM
I know, I wonder too. I cant help but think that if it was an elderly man, (as one of the pictures above looks like an elderly man on the stretcher) that if someone saw him sitting in his stopped car in the middle of the street prior to the accident, why wouldn't they have stopped to see if he was alright?
Paul September 10, 2011 at 10:03 AM
I hope the reporter does follow up stories on this. Any one of the above comments might be true, or maybe none of the guesses. People can and do have heart attacks or strokes suddenly. Some people do take illegal drugs and have bad reactions. Some people take FDA approved prescription drugs and have bad reactions. Lots of people drink too much alcohol and get in wrecks. A man I know was hit head on by a car from the other side of the freeway That drive was angry, he had lost his job and his wife had filed for divorce, he decided to commit suicide and take someone with him, but my coworker survived.
Local resident September 10, 2011 at 07:16 PM
The man was elderly, looked to be in his 70-80's. I was one to help pull him out of His car that was on fire. It is possible that he was not feeling well as he was coming down the hill and no one stopped to help him so he continued on. Unfortunately, you can be fine and clear minded when you get in the car and sudden things such as heart attack or stroke come on without notice. I pray that he and everyone else that was hurt is healing!
stef September 11, 2011 at 02:52 AM
I agree with you to have sensitivity as it's all figured out. I hope everyone recovers.
HarvestonFam September 11, 2011 at 03:45 AM


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