UPDATE @ 8:21 a.m. March 11: According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department report, a preliminary investigation has revealed that the driver of the white Mercedes was traveling northbound on Monte Vista when he failed to stop at a stop sign at Bundy Canyon Road before slamming into the red Mercury Tracer.
The female driver of the Tracer succumbed to injuries she received in the crash at Inland Valley Hospital. Her passenger — a white male — died at the scene.
The names of the couple have not been released pending notification of kin, however, a Riverside County Coroner’s report has identified each as Temecula residents.
ORIGINAL: Two cars crashed at a Wildomar intersection Sunday, killing one person and trapping one other who firefighters later freed, a fire spokeswoman said.
Firefighters were dispatched at 4:47 p.m. to Monte Vista Drive and Bundy Canyon Road where three people were involved in the collision.
Both victims were occupants inside an older model red Mercury sedan.
A cutting tool was used to free a trapped occupant who was sent to an area hospital in critical condition, Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson said.
The passenger in the Mercury died at the scene, while the third person — the driver of a white older model Mercedes sedan was not injured and declined medical treatment, Hendrickson said.
The driver of the Mercedes was cooperating with police, answering questions at the scene.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, Hendrickson said.
Bundy Canyon Road was closed in both directions and will affect commuters as the investigation continues.
*Joe Fanaselle and City News Service contributed to this report.