From Wednesday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 5, five crashes occurred on Hill highways, with several occurring over the long Labor Day weekend.
At 4:07 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, Joshua Yates, 35, of Menifee, was driving his white 2008 Honda Civic west on Marian View Drive in Idyllwild when he made a left turn onto Highway 243 and collided with a blue 2000 Jeep Wrangler driven by Mark Seavey, 55, of Hemet. Seavey swerved to try to avoid the collision but the vehicles crashed in the intersection. Damage to Yates’ vehicle was moderate and it was towed to Idyllwild Garage. Seavey was able to drive his Jeep away from the incident. Neither driver was injured nor were other vehicles involved.
At 10:55 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, Alastair Robertson, 58, of Mission Viejo, was driving his 2017 blue Subaru Outback westbound on Highway 74, I mile east of Scenic Drive in Pinyon, when he crossed the double-yellow line in attempting to pass a 2004 blue Jeep Grand Cherokee towing a red trailer driven by Kevin Quinn, 57, of Palm Desert. When Robertson pulled into the opposing lane of traffic, his vehicle collided head-on with a 2016 black Jeep Compass driven by Aviv Olson, a 25-year-old woman from Cloverdale. The collision of Robertson’s vehicle head-on with Olson’s also caused Quinn’s vehicle to crash. No other persons or vehicles were involved. All who were involved were transported by ambulance to Eisenhower Medical Center complaining of abrasions and non life-threatening injuries.
Darren Meyer, California Highway Patrol public information officer, said there was no evidence of alcohol as a causative factor in the incident.
At 12:50 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Grant Caudel, 61, of Hemet, was driving his 1990 silver Dodge Ram westbound on Highway 74, just west of McCall Park Road in Mountain Center, when he turned to the right and ran into the mountain. With Caudel in the vehicle was Alfred Light, 61, also of Hemet. Light complained of pain but did not request transport. Caudel was arrested for driving under the influence.
At 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Ronald Kimmerlee, 53, of Cathedral City, was driving his white 2001 Chevy Silverado southbound on Highway 243, 1 mile south of Black Mountain Trail, when he rear-ended a 2014 gray Honda Accord driven by Victor Beltran, 61, of Riverside. According to the CHP report, Beltran was slowing his vehicle at the time of the collision. There were no injuries or other persons or vehicles involved in the incident. Kimmerlee was arrested for driving under the influence, with alcohol cited as a causative factor.
At 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, a 1998 white Dodge Ram registered to an Idyllwild owner was being driven west on Tahquitz View Drive in Idyllwild, when the unidentified driver made an unsafe turning movement causing the vehicle to sideswipe a white van registered to the American Red Cross that was parked on Tahquitz View Drive. An investigation is ongoing, according to the CHP. Anyone with information may call the CHP Banning Pass station at 1-951-769-2000.