Off-duty deputy nabs hit-and-run driver

A crash involving three vehicles sends one to the hospital

■ Chronicle News / Staff

A driver who crashed into the back of another vehicle Saturday evening, Nov. 4, sending one person to the hospital, fled the scene but was apprehended by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, according to witnesses.
Witnesses told police a blue Hyundai crashed into the back of a white Honda on E. Thornton Avenue just north of Echo Hills Golf Course about 5:18 p.m. The Honda then crashed into a gold sedan sending vehicle parts flying, according to news reports.
Unfazed by the crash, but with the front of his vehicle demolished, the driver of the Hyundai kept going and blew through a stop sign at Thornton and Santa Fe while attempting to make a high-speed left turn. No attempt was made to check on the victims or call 911, according to reports from news agencies including Riverside County News Source.
Meanwhile, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who had apparently witnessed the crash, began following the fleeing driver, whose damaged vehicle came to rest on the sidewalk, according to news reports. The deputy detained the man until Hemet Police arrived and took him into custody for investigation of hit and run. The Hemet Fire Department also responded, and one of the victims was taken to the hospital with injuries of unknown severity.
No names either of the suspect or the victims have been released by police, who continue to investigate the incident. Anyone with information on the crash is encouraged to call Hemet Police at 951-765-2400.

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