Anne Li Baldock, 24, and 23-year-old Madison Elizabeth Cornwell – both students at UC San Diego School of Medicine – died on the Cabrillo (state Route 163) freeway in the University Heights area Saturday morning when the 2014 Toyota Prius they were in collided with a 2000 Ford F-350, authorities confirmed
The officer made an enforcement stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver who was identified as Rogelio Rosales, 21, of Santa Rosa. The officer noted signs of intoxication and began a DUI evaluation. Rosales was found to be on probation for a previous DUI conviction. He was subsequently arrested and booked on charges of DUI, violation of probation, and being under the influence while on DUI probation.
The California Highway Patrol said several of his passengers were not wearing seat belts. Three of them died in the tragic crash
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The driver of the Honda, Jose Contreras, age 26 from Palm Desert , was found to be driving his vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Jose Contreras was not injured as a result of the collision. Jose Contreras was later booked into Riverside County Jail in the city of Indio for driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner department identified the three victims as Jayden Marroquin, 7, Wilmer Bernal, 26, and Jenty Diaz, 26, all of Los Angeles. They were passengers in the Camry, which collided head-on with a Dodge Avenger. Camara could not provide the boy’s relation to the driver.
The crash occurred at 3:48 p.m. on State Route 113 near Schlagle Road when a 2007 Ford F250 pickup truck driven by Michael Allan Jones, 38, veered off to the right side of the road, then overcorrected and ran into oncoming traffic, the CHP said.
Responding officers located the suspect vehicle a few minutes later traveling east on Country Club Drive near El Dorado Drive and they detained the driver to conduct an investigation. The driver of the Mercedes, 48-year-old Todd Crowe of Palm Desert, was eventually arrested for driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor hit and run. Crowe was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio after being medically cleared at a local hospital. The driver of the black truck was uninjured in the collision.
The reporting party advised that a subject, later identified as 56-year-old Buddy Lee Blacksmith, was driving a motorhome north on State Street near the intersection of Esplanade Avenue when Blacksmith collided with a Riverside Transit Authority bus that was also traveling on State Street.
A silver Chrysler 300 was traveling northbound on Harrison Street, in the southbound lanes. In order to avoid the Chrysler, three other vehicles collided with each other.
The driver of the Chrysler, Cosme Diaz, 51 of Coachella, stopped at the scene of the collision.