There were two injury crashes on Hill roads over the last week, one involving a van and the other a motorcycle.
At 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, George Appel, 90, of Idyllwild, was driving a green 2000 GMC van eastbound on Highway 74, 3 miles west of McCall Park Road, when he drove off the road, into the mountainside and eventually a ditch. According to the California Highway Patrol report, Appel said he lost control of the vehicle because he was blinded by the sun.
Appel and his passenger, Nancy Appel, 79, also of Idyllwild, complained of pain and were transported by American Medical Response ambulance to Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet. The van was towed to Idyllwild by Idyllwild Garage.
At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Christopher Kirsch, 25, of San Diego, was riding a 2018 Harley Davidson Road Glide motorcycle westbound, 2 miles west of Apple Canyon Road in clear and dry weather conditions, when he made an unsafe turning movement and laid the bike down causing Kirsch minor injuries. He was transported to Riverside University Health System Medical Center by Idyllwild Fire Department ambulance.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Bell, about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Christopher Kirsch, 25, of San Diego, was traveling westbound on Highway 74 just east of the juncture with Highway 243. For unknown reasons, he lost control of his Harley Davidson, crashing off the highway. The Idyllwild Fire Department transported Kirsch to Riverside Regional Medical Center with minor to moderate injuries. Photo by Jenny Kirchner
According to Omar Riveri, of Idyllwild, Riveri was driving south on Highway 243 Tuesday night, Dec. 11, when he heard a pop and suddenly lost control of his 2015 Subaru. Riveri hit the guard rail, and spun around the end of it, teetering over the edge of the highway. Riveri was uninjured. Idyllwild Garage quickly removed his car. Highway 243 was closed in both directions for a short time while the scene was cleared. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

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