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Head-on crash involving injuries

At 9:03 p.m. Friday, March 16, Lili Crow, 32, of Hemet, driving a green 1997 Toyota Tercel, made an unsafe turn and hit a tree on Highway 243, three-tenths of a mile north of Highway 74, according to the California Highway Patrol report. Crow was arrested for driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test and giving a blood sample at the scene.

Crow had two children in the car, ages 4 and 10. Crow’s two young children were not injured because they were wearing seat belts. Both children were taken to the Idyllwild Fire Station to wait for family to pick them up.

At 3 p.m., Sunday, March 18, Noah Bischof, 33, of Idyllwild, crossed over double-yellow lines while going east on Highway 74 driving a 2014 Ford Explorer, and had a head-on collision with Noe Diaz, 44, of Perris, who was traveling west on Highway 74 in a white 1991 Nissan, according to CHP.

Bischof was transported to the Riverside County Regional Medical Center by American Medical Response. Mercy Air transported Diaz to Desert Regional Medical Center. Both vehicles were towed by Idyllwild Garage.

A Mercy Air helicopter circles around to land in order to transport the driver of a truck who was injured in a collision on Highway 74 on Sunday afternoon near mile marker 56.  Photo by Halie Wilson

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Bell, Lili Crow, 32, of Hemet, was traveling southbound on Highway 243, just north of Highway 74, about 9 p.m. Friday, March 16, when she lost control, slamming into a tree off the roadway. Crow’s two young children were in the car, but no one was injured due to wearing seat belts. Here, Bell administers a field-sobriety test to Crow, who was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. She failed the test and gave a blood sample at the scene. The children were taken to the Idyllwild Fire Station to await a family member to pick them up. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

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