In a series of odd coincidences, the intersection of highways 74 and 243 was a magnet for collisions last week, with three in close proximity in two days.
At 11:25 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, Richard Komorosky, 75, of Poway, was driving north on Highway 243, just north of the intersection with Highway 74 in Mountain Center, when he moved into the intersection, stopped and then backed into a 2010 Ford Expedition driven by Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Green. There were no injuries, according to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Darren Meyer, and the vehicles sustained only minor damage.
Ten minutes later, at 11:35 a.m., Benjamin Diaz, 49, of Riverside was traveling southbound on Highway 243 on his 2003 orange Triumph motorcycle when he collided with a gray Toyota Prius driven by Danny Peebles, 47, of Idyllwild, in the intersection of 243 and Highway 74, according to Meyer. No one was injured. As of this writing, there was no evidence the two incidents were related.
At 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, Jose Lazcano, 25, of Palm Springs was driving his 2001 Honda S-2000 convertible westbound on Highway 74, 3/10 of a mile east of the intersection with Highway 243 in Mountain Center, when he rolled his vehicle. According to Meyer, there were no passengers in Lazcano’s vehicle and no one was injured.
Correction: The printed edition reported that Komorosky's vehicle was rear-ended by the sheriff's deputy's vehicle. Meyer corrected the information on Aug. 6.