On the afternoon of November 9, one person was killed and three others injured in a head-on collision along State Route 74 in the Homeland area, according to officials.
The fatal car accident occurred around 2 p.m. in the westbound lane of SR 74. A Moreno Valley man was heading eastbound in a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu when he, for unknown reasons, drifted into oncoming traffic. His vehicle crashed head-on into a 2016 Nissan Versa being driven by a 41-year-old Hemet man named Juan Batista. After the initial impact, the Versa was struck by another vehicle, a 1994 Honda Accord.
Batista was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The Moreno Valley man sustained minor injuries, while the driver of the Honda and her passenger sustained moderate injuries.
At this time, the cause of the crash is still being investigated. It has not yet been confirmed whether alcohol and/or drugs were involved.
Most head-on collisions that cause serious injury or death can be attributed to driver error or negligence – driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fatigued driving, distracted driving, etc. The reason these types of accidents are so deadly is a simple matter of physics: when two objects with a lot of mass are hurled at each other at a high speed, the force of the collision is so great as to easily cause considerable damage to the colliding objects – and anyone inside. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation injuries – these are only some of the major injuries that can result from head-on collisions.