Two crashes involving multiple vehicles occurred on Hill roads over the last week. Both were on Highway 74.
The first occurred at 3:20 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, during dark and rainy conditions, according to Darren Meyer, California Highway Patrol public information officer.
Efuan Simms, 43, of Moreno Valley, was driving a blue 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV eastbound on Highway 74, 1 1/2 miles east of Keen Camp Road in Mountain Center, when he made an unsafe turn to the left, causing his vehicle to collide head on with a Caltrans International Harvester truck driven by Luis Hezler, 55, of San Jacinto.
Simms complained of injury to his hands but did not require transport. Hezler was uninjured. Simms’ Hyundai was towed by Idyllwild Garage with moderate damage. The Caltrans vehicle was not seriously damaged and was able to drive away. The collision occurred at relatively low speed, according to the CHP report.
At 11:55 a.m., also on Friday, Nov. 30, Wolfgang Felix, 77, of Canada, was driving a black 2018 Jeep Wrangler southbound on Palm Canyon Drive in Pinyon toward the intersection with Highway 74. Although he stopped at the intersection stop sign, he made a left turn onto Highway 74 and collided with silver 2004 Chevy Silverado driven by Abraham Rodriguez, 18, of Coachella.
Rodriguez had been driving eastbound on 74 at the time of the collision. Felix said he did not see Rodriguez’ vehicle when he pulled onto the highway. Meyer noted the report said conditions were daylight and clear. Neither party was injured, and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.