Update @ 7 a.m. on Jan. 30: Riverside County Coroner’s office has released the names of the two men killed in Tuesday night.
William Messemore, 40, the driver of the pickup truck, and Matthew Camilli, 25, driver of the Dodge Neon, were both killed in the head-on crash that occurred on Grand Ave. and Adelfa St.
Both were residents of Lake Elsinore.
Update @ 8:22 p.m. Jan. 29: According to California Highway Patrol officer Brian Keene, the driver of the charcoal-colored Toyota Tacoma was speeding southbound on Grand Avenue and may have been drunk when he struck head-on a Dodge Neon that was stopped facing northbound.
Keene said witnesses estimated the pickup’s speed at about 70-80 mph.
Drivers in both vehicles were killed in the crash. Both cars were registered in Lake Elsinore.
A passenger in the truck was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Keene said that one witness who’d come upon the scene of the collision recognized the two men from the truck as having just come from a thrift shop where they were inquiring about purchasing a microwave.
The witness said the pair carried “beer cans in their hands, were staggering (and had) slurred speech,” Keene said.
The identities of the motorists and their ages were not available.
Of the driver in the Dodge Neon, Keene said: “There was nothing he could have done. He was just stopped, minding his own business, looking to turn left.”
Keene put the time of the crash at 5:50 p.m.
Original story: Riverside County fire crews were on the scene of a head-on crash in which two motorists –both male — were killed this evening in Lakeland Village, it was reported.
According to a Riverside County Fire Department, the collision between a white sedan and charcoal-colored pickup truck occurred at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Grand Ave. and Adelfa Street.
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One passenger — a male who was not identified — was transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital with injuries described as minor to moderate, according to Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.
The cause of the collision is not known at this time.
California Highway Patrol is on the scene and investigating the crash.
Riverside County Coroner officials have been called to the scene.
Grand Avenue is closed in both directions and traffic is backed up as officials comb the scene for evidence and question witnesses.
This is a developing story.
Stay with Southwest Riverside News Network for more details as they come available.
*Daniel Lane contributed to this report.
Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor of Southwest Riverside News Network. She can be reached at email@example.com.