Head-on collisions result from drivers crossing into oncoming traffic
■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor
Two people were killed in separate crashes in the San Jacinto area last week.
The Riverside coroner identified the dead as Chaudhry Zulfiqar, 72, of San Jacinto, who died Tuesday night, Jan. 29, and Tanya Gil, 31, of Hemet, who was killed shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Zulfiqar was driving south on State Route 79, which becomes Sanderson Avenue, shortly after 11 p.m. when his Honda Civic drifted left across the open median and collided with a northbound Honda Accord driven by Connie Hill, 33, also of San Jacinto. Zulfiqar died within minutes, but Hill was rushed to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley with serious injuries.
Gil was a passenger in a Dodge Durango driven west on Gilman Springs Road by Issa Mojaddidi, 30, of Moreno Valley when the SUV drove up onto the right shoulder, over-corrected, and skidded into the path of an eastbound 40-foot semi-tractor-trailer.
Both Gil and Mojaddidi were ejected from the Dodge, which burst into flames following the 11 a.m. crash a half mile east of Bridge Street in Moreno Valley. Gil died at the scene, but Mojaddidi was rushed to Riverside University Health System with serious injuries.
The driver of the big-rig, Roberto Magallon Sanchez, 57, of Los Angeles, was uninjured.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the Dodge Durango in which Mojaddidi and Gil were riding was stolen.