California: Amos Yang killed when suspected DUI driver Gerado Cornejo slammed into vehicle in which he was a passenger


WINCHESTER, RIVERSIDE COUNTY — 2014-02-23– Drunk driving is believed to be the cause of a fatal wrong-way crash involving three vehicles in the Winchester area of Riverside County Saturday night.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Leon Road and Domenigoni Parkway around 10:10 p.m.

Gerardo Cornejo, 20, of Nuevo was driving a 1994 Honda Civic westbound in the eastbound lane when he slammed head-on into a 2007 Suzuki RX4. That’s when the 20-year-old spun around, and was hit by a Dodge Ram pickup truck.

A male passenger in the Suzuki, Amos Yang, 27, of Banning, was taken to Menifee Valley Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

A 4-year-old girl in the Suzuki’s back seat ….MORE

DUI Checkpoint Nets 4 Arrests  – 2 Arrests for Under 21 DUI

Menifee,  CA – The Menifee Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License  checkpoint on 02/22/14, at Hwy. 74 and Palomar Rd. between the  hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have  the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and  provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

DUI/Driver’s  License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are  the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged  impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober  designated drivers.

According  to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have  provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement  strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1  spent. Ninety Percent of California  drivers approve of checkpoints.

During  this DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint, deputies contacted drivers in the westbound lanes of Hwy. 74 at the intersection with Palomar Rd. A total of 465 vehicles passed through the  checkpoint. Of those vehicles, 34  vehicles were directed into the secondary inspection/evaluation area which  resulted in the following:

  • 11  drivers were given field sobriety tests
  • 2  DUI-Alcohol suspects were arrested (Both  drivers were under 21 years of age)
  • 0  DUI-Drug impaired suspect was arrested
  • 1  Driver was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia
  • 9  Drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
  • 7  vehicles were towed
  • 9  Citations were issued

In  addition to the previously mentioned enforcement actions, one driver was  arrested for obstructing and delaying deputies at the checkpoint when he  refused to submit to the sobriety checkpoint inspection.

The  Menifee Police Department remains committed to lowering DUI related deaths and  injuries on our streets and highways. This  checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety,  through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

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