On the morning of October 29, a man was killed and four others were injured in a car accident in the Anza area, according to officials.
The deadly crash occurred about 10:30 a.m. on Highway 74 at Courtesy Drive, south of Lake Hemet and northeast of Anza in the San Jacinto Mountains. A white Ford pickup truck and a red Ford sedan crashed almost head-on into each other, causing severe front end damage to both vehicles.
Emergency first responders arrived at the scene minutes later to find five victims, two of whom were trapped inside the sedan and had to be extricated in a cut-and-rescue operation. One of the victims pulled from the sedan, later identified as Stanley Vandyke of Oceanside, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Four other people sustained injuries in the collision. One victim was taken by helicopter to an area hospital with serious injuries. Two other victims sustained moderate injuries and were transported by ground to a nearby hospital. The fourth victim sustained minor injuries and declined further treatment after being evaluated by on-scene paramedics.
Both sides of Highway 74 were closed for the duration of the on-scene investigation and then reopened.
It has not yet been confirmed whether speed, alcohol and/or drug use, or some other type of reckless behavior was involved in the accident. The investigation is still ongoing.
Head-on collisions often result in significant injuries, such as brain injury and spinal cord injury, due to the magnitude of the forces involved. These injuries can result in exorbitant medical expenses, as victims require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and long-term follow-up care. If the accident was caused by another party, the victim should pursue legal action with help from a qualified car accident lawyer in order to secure their financial future.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call Wilshire Law Firm at 1-800-52-CRASH for a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.