Two traffic collisions occurred on Highway 243 Sept. 8, according to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Darren Meyer. Alcohol was not a factor in either collision.
The first of the two collisions occurred at 11:40 a.m. a few hundred feet south of Saunders Meadow.
Taylor Winchester, 34, of Murrieta, was driving a silver 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck northbound on Highway 243 as Brandy Rhodes, 43, of Idyllwild, was driving southbound on Highway 243 in a 2013 black Toyota Prius. The truck entered a right-hand curve, straightened out the curve and crossed the double yellow lines driving into the Prius.
Winchester indicated to law enforcement that he was driving too fast. Rhodes was the only one injured and was transported by Idyllwild Fire Protection District ambulance to Temecula Valley Hospital. Aaron Rhodes was in the vehicle with Rhodes in the right front seat and did not sustain any injuries.
Both vehicles were towed by Idyllwild Garage.
The second collision occurred at 3:10 p.m. one mile south of Saunders Meadow. Lisa Daoust, 51, of San Jacinto, was driving a white 2018 Yamaha motorcycle south on Highway 243 as Ronaldo Castillo, 30, of Ontario, was driving north on Highway 243 in a gray 2019 Jeep Cherokee. Daoust crossed the center line and side-swiped the Jeep.
Daoust was transported by Reach Air Ambulance with serious but non-life-threatening injuries to a local hospital. The motorcycle was taken by a family member.