Shirley O’Brien, 56, of Menifee, was driving her 2000 Ford Mustang eastbound on Highway 74 near Keen Camp Summit at 10:15 a.m. Friday when she slowed and signaled to turn left into a paved turnout area.
As she started her turn, her car was clipped on the left front by a 1996 Dodge Dakota driven by Bob Jackson, 66, of Hemet. Both vehicles were traveling about 25 to 35 mph, said California Highway Patrol Officer Bolon, who said that Jackson got impatient and attempted to pass her from behind in the oncoming lane over a double-yellow center line.
The pickup then went over the side and down a steep embankment, coming to rest against a small tree on relatively flat ground about 40 feet below the highway.
Jackson told the Town Crier that his vehicle did not roll, he just drove it down the slope. Jackson received a laceration to his left arm but refused ambulance transport. O’Brien was not injured.