PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – April 5th, 2018

Man connected to fatal hit-and-run turns himself in on Easter

A 33-year-old Menifee man sought in connection with a fatal hit-run crash in Hemet turned himself in on Easter Sunday, police said.
David Andrew Durbin turned himself in to police about 5 p.m.after his roommate, who had seen the police account of the accident, urged him to contact police.
Durbin was interviewed and made a statement to police regarding the collision and was later booked into Riverside County Jail where his bail was set at $75,000.
He had been wanted in connection with the death of 20-year-old Juan Manuel Cuevas of Hemet. A Pontiac Grand-Am, also sought in connection with the crash, was located and taken as evidence, police said.. Durbin is facing charges of felony hit and run
On Wednesday, March 28, at about 11:58 pm, Hemet police responded to a traffic collision on Florida Avenue near Girard Street in Hemet. Officers said a pedestrian had been struck and was found lying in the roadway. He was later identified as Cuevas. Witnesses said he had just returned from visiting his newborn baby when he was killed. The vehicle which hit him, is described as a silver Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix, fled the scene.
Officers relieved a citizen who was already performing CPR on Cuevas and continued CPR and life-saving measures as paramedics arrived. Unfortunately Cuevas did not survive and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing, however, it appears the pedestrian was crossing Florida Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound. Following the collision, the driver fled east on Florida Avenue leaving pieces of the vehicle scattered in the roadway.
If anyone may have witnessed this collision, they are encouraged to contact the Hemet Police Department.


Perris man arrested in alcohol-related traffic fatality

A Perris man has been arrested and is being held on $1 million bail for investigation of the death of a Hemet man who was killed in a traffic crash March 24.
Timothy Gibbons, 23, of Hemet died of injuries suffered in the crash in which he was a passenger in a car driven by Brandon Todd Brassard of Perris, according to police. Brassard was injured in the crash and hospitalized but arrested and taken to jail upon his release from the hospital, according to police. He is accused of causing the death of another while under the influence of alcohol, police said.
According to Hemet police, on Saturday, March 24th, at about 10:30 pm,, they were called to a traffic collision on Mountain Avenue near Soboba Road in Hemet. Investigators learned a gray Ford Focus had collided with a blue Chevrolet Silverado killing one man and injuring five other people. Police said at the time that the driver of the Ford Focus was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. His passenger, Gibbons, did not survive the crash and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Four others in the truck were seriously hurt.
On Friday, March 30, Brassard was released from the hospital after receiving treatment for injuries he sustained in the collision. Upon his release, however, Hemet Police Traffic Investigators went to the hospital and arrested him, then took him to Riverside County Jail where he was booked for investigation of homicide and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury or death, police said. Brassard is in jail with bail set at $1 million, police said.

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