The investigation determined the driver, Daniel Fritch, age 46 of Lake Elsinore, was driving along Lakeshore Drive, when he lost control of his vehicle. His vehicle struck a guard rail, rolled down an embankment and came to rest on its wheels. Fritch and a female adult passenger were transported to a local hospital where they were being treated for apparent non-life-threatening injuries
On Thursday, September 3, 2015, the San Jacinto Police Department conducted a DUI warrant sweep to locate individuals with outstanding warrants for driving under the influence. The sweep took place throughout the city of San Jacinto, and resulted in the arrest of 5 people for outstanding DUI related warrants.
The Officer’s went down the embankment where they saw the wrecked motorcycle and the driver fleeing on foot through the thick brush towards Mellor Dr. The Officer’s caught up with the driver, identified as Lakeport resident, Michael William Lockett and detained him. Medical staff from Lakeport Fire Department was summoned and later transported Lockett to Sutter Lakeside Hospital for medical clearance.
Arsen Panasian, 41, of Van Nuys was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, Officer Brandon Tepper of the Los Angeles Police Department‘s Valley Traffic Division said. A police spokeswoman told City News Service that investigators believe he was under influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.
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.