Hit-run driver plows into new San Jacinto pharmacy

Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley Chronicle
The front of the United Family Pharmacy building at 1221 S. San Jacinto Ave. is boarded up after a driver crashed his car through the wall following a two-car accident, then fled the scene. No injuries were reported, but police arrested the driver a short time later when he turned himself in. Meanwhile, the pharmacy continues to fulfill prescriptions through its Hemet location.

Customers urged to order online or by phone for home delivery service

■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor

Sometimes you just feel as though it’s one step forward and two steps backwards.
That’s the way business-owner Steve DiMemmo is feeling after a hit-run driver crashed through his newly opened pharmacy storefront after-hours on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The crash, which involved a car with Washington plates, resulted in a vehicle demolishing the entrance to his newly opened pharmacy at 1221 S. San Jacinto Ave., in San Jacinto. The driver fled on foot and is still being sought by police for leaving the scene of the accident among other crimes.
“We towed the car out of the lobby, but that’s about all you can do.” said DiMemmo, a former San Jacinto city councilman who recently made an unsuccessful bid for reelection seeing the two available seats on city council go to candidate Joel Lopez and incumbent Alonso Ledezma.
“Since it was after hours, it was fortunate that no one was inside at the time or we could have had some serious injuries,” says DiMemmo. He says the total cost of rebuilding the storefront is still being calculated so no estimate is available, but he’s hoping to have things put back together by mid-December.
Meanwhile, he urged pharmacy customers to simply order online at www.ufprx.com or by phone 951-654-0995, fax 951-654-1022, or email: pharmacy.upf@gmail.com and let pharmacy employees deliver their prescriptions, which has been a trademark of the pharmacy since its opening last spring.
“We will never leave our customers without their prescriptions,” vows DiMemmo, who has another location, Stetson Family Pharmacy, at 475 W. Stetson Ave., in Hemet. He says he has transferred the dispensing of prescriptions to the Stetson Avenue location for the time being until the San Jacinto pharmacy is operational.
Meanwhile, police said the driver of the 1997 Nissan Maxima that crashed through the building turned himself in to the San Jacinto Police (Sheriff’s) Department several hours after the crash in which he first clipped a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Police said the man was arrested and cited for misdemeanor hit and run, driving on a suspended license, and failure to provide proof of insurance before he was released. Police didn’t offer up the name of the suspect, but said the vehicle he was driving was not stolen nor were there any injuries as a result of the crash.

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