A two-vehicle collision on Tollgate Road, near the intersection with Lake Lane, sent two people to off-Hill hospitals and blocked the well-trafficked street for several hours.
A preliminary report from California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Darren Meyer said the collision occurred at 8:36 a.m. Friday, June 12, and involved a gray Yukon and a black SUV. Meyer stressed the report is preliminary and a full report would not be available until Monday, June 15. In a Tuesday, June 16, update, CHP clarified the vehicles involved were a 2011 Jeep Liberty driven by Idyllwild resident Ian Yoho, 24, and a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Idyllwild resident Heather Solorio, 38.
Meyer said one person was transported to Hemet Valley Medical Center with minor injuries and another to Riverside County Regional Medical Center, also with minor injuries. Meyer noted the collision was cleared by 10:30 a.m.
Idyllwild Fire Chief Patrick Reitz reported his department responded to find the collision blocking the intersection with four individuals involved. According to Reitz, a full-sized SUV with a restrained driver and 2 properly restrained juveniles struck the driver’s side of mid-sized SUV, with a restrained driver. The driver of the full-sized vehicle and one of the juvenile passengers were transported to hospitals – according to the CHP, to two different hospitals.
Reitz said tow trucks were required to remove both vehicles from the scene.
A full report from CHP was not available.