1 Seriously Injured in Temecula Crash on 15 Freeway and Rancho California Road
TEMECULA (June 24, 2020) – Authorities identified the alleged hit-and-run driver in a crash that seriously injured another motorist along the 15 Freeway Tuesday.
Deputies named 40-year-old Domingo Cruz, a resident of Temecula, as the suspect in the accident which occurred on June 23.
A press release by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said the incident began when Cruz was allegedly driving a green Toyota pickup truck west on Rancho California Road.
At the same time, a black Jeep Patriot was exiting the 15 Freeway southbound off-ramp and making a left hand turn onto Rancho California Road.
Cruz then allegedly ran the red light at Rancho California and the 15 Freeway overpass and slammed into the driver’s side of the Jeep. The wreck occurred at about 2:51 p.m.
Hit-and-Run Suspect ID’d as Temecula Resident Domingo Cruz, 20
The Patriot ultimately rolled over in the westbound lanes of Rancho California while the pickup sustained major front-end damage as a result of the collision.
Fire department officials along with the paramedics responded to the scene and extricated the operator of the overturned Jeep from the wreckage.
Medical personnel rushed the victim to a nearby hospital to be treated for major injuries. The name and condition of the wounded patient were not disclosed.
Meanwhile, officers affirmed that Cruz abandoned his truck in the intersection and fled on foot. They described him as Hispanic, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Authorities are still looking for Cruz and made a warrant for his arrest on this case. Anyone with information can contact the Southwest Sheriff Station at 951-696-3000.
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