CRIME BRIEFS – March.9, 2017

HBy Halima Haider

emet man killed in crash driving wrong way on I-215

Hemet man Joey Hernandez, 28, was killed in a fatal crash March 3 as he reportedly drove the wrong way on Interstate 215. According to Coroner reports, Hernandez was driving a 2005 Honda Accord northbound in the southbound lanes and crashed into a vehicle traveling near Barton Road in Colton.
Authorities say that Hernandez was rushed to Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta soon after California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatchers and first responders, firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene around 8:44 p.m. According to a report by Riverside County News Source, Hernandez succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff at about 11:25 p.m. Authorities have not released any information on the driver of the second vehicle involved in the deadly collision or the condition of the driver. CHP is still investigating the crash and few details have been disclosed.
Toxicology reports are pending.


Two die in fatal crash on Hwy 79 near Gilman Springs Road

Two people were killed Thursday, March 2, and one person sustained serious injuries in a deadly two-vehicle collision just north of San Jacinto. California Highway Patrol officials say the vehicles were traveling at speeds faster than 70 mph on Highway 79, south of Gilman Springs Road about 2:15 p.m. when one vehicle cut the other one off, and they both drove off an embankment, falling about 30 feet, and crashed, according to reports. Officers arrived moments later and found two vehicles on a slope adjacent to the highway.
According to the Riverside County Coroner’s office, Tajahnae Jones, 21, of Perris, and Ronald Filetti, 46, of San Jacinto, were pronounced dead at the scene by Riverside County Fire Department paramedics. Fire department officials say one of the passengers required extraction from the wreckage by firefighters and was transported to a trauma center in critical condition. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.


Hemet man arrested for sexually battering 21 year old student on MSJC campus

Hemet man Jeffery Kohl, 51, was arrested and booked at the Southwest Detention Center on Wednesday, March 1, after a 21-year-old Hemet student reported an incident of sexual battery by the suspect at Mt. San Jacinto College San Jacinto campus located on 1499 S. State St. in San Jacinto. The student, whose identity will remain anonymous, told Hemet Sheriff’s deputies that she parked her vehicle on campus grounds earlier that day and began walking toward the campus when a man began following her.
According to a news release by Sgt. James Burton of the Hemet Sheriff’s Station, when the victim entered a breezeway between buildings, the man rapidly approached her and lifted up her skirt with one hand and grabbed her buttocks with the other. The release stated the suspect walked away after the incident and drove off in a silver Ford Focus. Deputies located Kohl later that day at his residence in the 400 Block of E. Thornton Ave. in Hemet, based on the description provided by the victim.
Kohl was arrested and booked for investigation of violations of 243.4(e) PC, Sexual Battery, and 626.8 PC, Interfering with School Activities. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and MSJC wants to remind everyone to be cognizant of their surroundings and use caution when walking alone and encourages anyone with additional information on the above incident to contact Deputy Looney at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951) 791-3400, or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at (800) 950-2444.

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