On June 25, 2018, at approximately 6:25 p.m., a motorist stopped his vehicle on Highway 243 near milepost marker 19 at a dirt shoulder to take photos of the panoramic San Gorgonio Pass below. As the driver walked to the edge of the mountainside, he saw an overturned vehicle in the thick bushes below.
The driver called 911 and California Highway Patrol responded with Cal-Fire to investigate. Upon arrival, CHP and firefighters accessed a damaged green, 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser. After a search of the Toyota and immediate surrounding area, first responders were unable to find any occupants.
CHP requested assistance from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit. Deputies subsequently located the body of 63-year-old Idyllwild man Rob Fulton, a facilities director at the Desert Studies Center, approximately 200 feet from the vehicle at 9:10 p.m. CHP officers are investigating the cause of the collision but have yet to determine an exact cause.
Drugs and/or alcohol have not been ruled out as a contributing factor(s) in this collision.
The above information came from a CHP Press Release. The collision is being investigated by CHP Officer Murawski.