On April 12, 2015, around 11:54 AM, deputies from the San Jacinto Police Department received a call of a hit and run traffic collision in the area of State Street and Esplanade Avenue. 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.
Blacksmith did not stop at the scene of the collision; instead, he fled from the location in his motorhome. The reporting party called 911 and followed Blacksmith to a residence in the 1000 block of Timothy Drive.
Deputies responded to the scene of the collision and discovered that the Riverside Transit Authority bus had no passengers aboard at the time of the collision and the driver of the bus did not sustain any injuries as a result. Deputies also responded to the residence on Timothy Drive and contacted Blacksmith. The investigation revealed that Blacksmith had been driving under the influence of prescription medication at the time of the collision. Blacksmith was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, hit and run, and driving without a license. Blacksmith was treated at a local area hospital and was subsequently booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.