Update @ 3:19 p.m.: The man who crashed his pick-up into a tree in Murrieta has succumbed to his injuries according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office.
Richard Hermosillo, 62, of Murrieta died just before 8 a.m. at Inland Valley Medical Center, the coroner’s office stated.
The coroner’s office added that Hermosillo was not wearing his seat belt when he collided with the tree.
Original Story: A man suffered serious injuries when he slammed into a tree in an early morning crash in Murrieta, it has been reported today.
A passerby noticed the white Chevrolet pick-up at about 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Adams Avenue and Hutchinson Court and called 911.
According to Sgt. Jim Gruwell from the Murrieta Police Department, the truck was headed southbound on Adams Avenue north of Kalmia Street when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the northbound lane and left the roadway.
The truck ended up crashing head-on into a tree, Gruwell added.
Firefighters utilized the jaws of life to extricate the man who was then transported to Inland Valley Hospital.
The man suffered serious injuries and was in critical condition as of 7:20 a.m., Gruwell said.
Multiple investigators were at the scene shortly after 7:00 am trying to piece together the details of the accident, SWRNN’s Joe Fasanelle reported.
Gruwell said investigators were still trying to determine whether or not drugs or alcohol played a role, adding that it is standard practice following all serious injury traffic accidents.
Northbound traffic along Adams Avenue was blocked during the rescue operation, but Gruwell said traffic in the area was not signifcantly impacted.
He said that traffic in the area was light this morning because Murrieta Valley High School is not in session for holiday break.