Two traffic incidents, one with serious injuries, marred Hill roads over the last week. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Ben Bolon, the first occurred at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, when Gia Hongbin, 19, of Corona, was driving a 2015 white Mercedes sedan southbound on Highway 243 near lower Saunders Meadow Road when she crossed over a double yellow line to pass a truck in front of her. In pulling into the northbound lane, Hongbin swerved to avoid a head-on collision with a 2011 silver Toyota Tacoma truck driven by Donald Rhodes, 60, of Temecula. The right front side of Rhodes’ truck scraped along the right side of Hongbin’s vehicle. Neither driver required medical transport, according to Bolon.
At 2:50 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Christopher Jones, 30, of Wildomar, was riding his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle on Highway 74 east of the junction with Highway 243 when he lost control on a sharp curve and laid the bike down. Jones suffered serious injuries, according to Bolon, and was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley. No other vehicle was involved in the incident.