HEMET, Calif. — Authorities are investigating the cause of a deadly collision after a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car in Hemet early yesterday evening, Thursday, June 24.
Despite extensive life-saving efforts after the deadly collision, which happened on on N. Soboba St. near Mountain Ave., the pedestrian later succumbed to their injuries and passed away.
Emergency personnel were alerted to the collision around 7:15 p.m., after an AMR ambulance crew reportedly happened upon the accident moments after it happened.
The ambulance crew found the unresponsive victim still down in the lanes of traffic and located the vehicle that struck the pedestrian stopped nearby.
The vehicle, described as a dark-colored Honda had sustained major front-end damage from the impact and its front windshield was crushed inwards.
AMR medics immediately began CPR on the gravely injured pedestrian while requesting additional resources to the scene, including Hemet PD, Cal Fire-Riverside, and an ALS ambulance crew, able to perform advanced life saving measures.
Based on the victim’s extensive injuries, a battalion chief at the scene requested a Mercy Air Ambulance respond to life-flight the victim to an area trauma center.
While paramedics continued performing CPR and providing life-saving measures at the scene, officers shut down Soboba Rd., diverting all traffic away from the scene of the ongoing efforts to save the pedestrian.
Officials soon learned the nearest Mercy Air Ambulance was already performing a life-flight for a woman who was critically burned after an illegal honey oil lab exploded at a San Jacinto residence.
Because the next closest Mercy Air Ambulance was nearly 40 minutes away in Big Bear, officials elected to transport the victim by ground ambulance to an area hospital.
Paramedics were still actively performing CPR and other life-saving efforts when the pedestrian was transported from the scene. (See video below.)
Officials later reported the victim, who has not been identified pending further investigation and notification of the person’s family, passed away from their major traumatic injuries.
Officers who investigated the deadly collision determined the Honda was traveling westbound at an unknown speed on N. Soboba St., when the vehicle struck the pedestrian.
According to witnesses at the scene, the driver told officials he was unable to stop in time after the pedestrian “jumped out into the middle of the road” just before being struck.
Hemet PD is continuing to investigate the cause of yesterday’s fatal accident and have asked that anyone with additional information or who witnessed all or part of the collision and has not yet provided a statement to contact Hemet PD at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.